**WARNING: There is some foul language below. If you find that offensive, you may wish to stop reading now! You have been warned**
So, towards the end of the week, I got the email that I had some free tickets to see "This is the End", and considering I had no idea what it was about, and only knew that James Franco and Seth Rogen were in it, playing James Franco and Seth Rogen, I pretty much figured it was some kind of stoner comedy along the lines of "Pineapple Express". And since, occasionally I find some small amount of humor in such films, I decided to go ahead and take those free tickets, and see what this film was all about.
The movie sets itself up, almost right away as a sort of stoner buddy comedy. Thus reaffirming my suspicions that it was going to be something akin to "Pineapple Express". And then, the movie introduced the ensemble of walk-on roles. Everyone from Jason Segel, to Michael Cera, to Rihanna, and even Emma Watson, showed up out of the woodwork, for a series of scenes that seemed dead-set to shatter perceptions of various actors.
It isn't until about half an hour into the film, that I learned that this was not a stoner buddy comedy. No, "This is the End" was, in fact, an Apocalyptic Stoner Buddy Comedy, that may have strayed a few times firmly into the realm of bro-mantic apocalyptic stoner buddy comedy. Once I managed to wrap my head around all of this, and allowed myself to get lost in things, it went from a severe "what the fuck am I watching" feel, to a sort of "Laughing with wild abandon" feel.
This is not what one would consider a "good" movie. Not by any stretch of the imagination. The humor is the sort of crass toilet humor that has been the foundation of so many "comedies". Dick jokes are tossed around like the movie was doomed to collapse if a minute went by with out one. Not to feel left out, they also manage to cover farts, sharts, rape, cocaine, marijuana, cannibalism, and a number of unsavory sexual acts that will have even the moderately religious praying for the souls of all involved, and all in the audience as well.
And you know what? I didn't care. The actors lost themselves in the thin caricatures of themselves that they were playing. They tossed out the dick jokes with such reckless abandon, and with such exuberance that I couldn't help but get a good guffaw in from time to time. Will I hate myself in the morning for having sat through this movie? Probably. But, for that brief run time, did I enjoy the hell out of myself? You better believe it.
The packed theater added a sort of atmosphere, that I believe was conducive to the humor, infectious laughter going from person to person like a bad cold. All in all, I enjoyed this awful movie, but I feel like I might need to clean my brain with some bleach.
RECOMMENDATION: If you are easily offended, this is not the film for you. But, if you watched "The Watchmen", and had no issues with a giant computer generated dick being displayed prominently on screen, then this is the film for you.
IS THIS FILM THEATER-WORTHY: Honestly, there are some scenes that I think play great on the big screen, but overall, I think this movie is going to play best, when you can sit around a TV, and partake of your favorite alcoholic beverage, and just get wasted along with the people on screen. So, sadly... I will have to say no.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The movie is a project, that was obviously something that the actors had a lot of fun doing. And honestly, Emma Watson's bit in the film is pretty hilarious. Actually, I think if there had been more Emma Watson, I might actually recommend this movie for theatrical viewing, because she just brightened things up. Also, (and you don't know how much it pains me to say this) there is a cameo at the very end, that was truly hilarious.
FRANK'S FINAL SCORE: 7.5 out of 10