This Is the End Is Hilarious, Interminable
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg make a self-referential gem
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 12, 2013 1:54 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Just how funny can the end of the world be? Really funny if you spend it with a bunch of Hollywood's top young comedians playing themselves in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's raunchy and absurd This Is the End. Critics seem to agree that the film is hilarious—though most have a quibble or two. Here's what they're saying:

  • "There is stuff in This is the End that had me laughing so hard, I sensed new body parts joining in to help out—my pancreas was heaving, my bile ducts ripped," writes Kyle Smith at the New York Post. But "the movie falls short of being a classic" thanks to its flabby pacing and lackluster structure. "It's destined to be watched by viewers with one thumb on the fast-forward button."

  • The bickering between the stars "is so fast and obscene that you feel like you're eavesdropping on the sorts of things comedians say to each other when they're off camera," writes Owen Gleiberman at EW. Thankfully, "the movie doesn't play the end of days for laughs. It's an honest-to-god metaphysical disaster movie," which makes the comedy "all the more explosive."
  • "It’s the best and funniest and most absurd and outrageous and self-referential of all high-concept, stars-playing-themselves, Jewish Rapture movies ever made," writes Andrew O'Hehir at Salon, but it's also obnoxiously self-satisfied. Rogen and Goldberg need to get over the idea that "nothing could possibly supersede the awesomeness of hanging out with them and their young, rich, famous friends."
  • It's basically "a foul-mouthed, good-natured 'Funny-or-Die' sketch stretched to feature length," observes AO Scott at the New York Times. And while it's "genuinely, even sublimely hilarious," the title could easily refer to "the creative exhaustion of its makers and the popular, profitable strain of humor they represent." The house the gang is trapped in "represents the limitations of an insular, exclusive, and increasingly self-cannibalizing comic imagination."

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Jun 13, 2013 8:25 AM CDT
This movie could have been funnier, or perhaps less funny and just paced better. Yeah I think I would have had a better time if only they had paced it differently, it's sort of like that guy at a party who says something funny and then another thing and another thing but never imparts anything useful, you grow tired and move away. But still with the trailers I had no reason expect different.
Jun 12, 2013 11:08 PM CDT
"This Is the End Is Hilarious, Interminable" Yeah, I too thought this piece of trash would never end.
Jun 12, 2013 8:46 PM CDT
I saw the movie and you will be laughing 85 of the 93 minutes. Funny as heck