This Is the End
What parents need to know
Positive role models
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that This Is the End is a comedy about the end of the world, focusing on a group of popular comedy actors (Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, and many more) who try to survive inside a Hollywood mansion as fire ravages the land and giant monsters stalk outside. There's extreme language, with constant uses of "f--k" and just about every other word under the sun, as well as some gory violence, including fighting and killing. The party that begins the movie has heavy drug and alcohol use, and a porn magazine is briefly shown, as well as some penises on computer-generated monsters. Sexual talk/innuendo is frequent and strong. And there's some consumerism, too, with several brand names mentioned, most prominently a Milky Way candy bar. All of that said, for older teens and adults, the movie is very funny and has themes of redemption and friendship running underneath the crude, over-the-top stuff.
What's the story?
Seth Rogen picks up Jay Baruchel at the Los Angeles airport, hoping to show him a good time during his stay. They smoke some pot, play some video games, and then go to James Franco's house for a huge party. Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and other popular comedy actors are there. Jay seems uncomfortable and wants to leave, but suddenly, quakes rock the city, and blue lights beam down from the sky. Monsters start rampaging as flames lick the countryside. In Franco's house, the survivors try to make the best of their situation, but unfortunately, Danny McBride has crashed the party and is now making quick work of their provisions. If this is judgment day, can these actors learn to be good people before it's too late?
Is it any good?
Rogen and writer Evan Goldberg, who previously teamed up on the screenplays for Superbad, Pineapple Express, The Green Hornet, and The Watch, now make their co-directing debut with this comedy extravaganza, a remarkable mix of monsters, visual effects, vulgar humor, and feel-good optimism. At first, the novelty of watching these actors play "themselves" is good fun in itself, but eventually they turn into truly interesting characters (and probably quite unlike their real selves).
As with other Rogen/Goldberg movies, this one eventually focuses on a "bromance," i.e. two guys' attempt to work past their differences and establish a lasting friendship. Amazingly, it's also about redemption and trying to become genuinely good people. Rogen and Goldberg successfully keep the jokes organic and flowing, escalating the stakes and the surprises throughout and creating a comedy for the ages in the process.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
- Families can talk about This Is the End's apocalyptic violence. How does it affect the movie's flow and tone?
How does the movie portray drinking and drug use? Are there any real-life consequences?
- Is the movie scary? Are the monsters scary? What about the end of the world?
- How close do you believe these characters are to the real-life actors? Why do you think they all opted to play versions of themselves?
Why are there so many movies about the end of the world? What makes that topic interesting and/or relevant?
|Theatrical release date:||June 12, 2013|
|DVD release date:||October 1, 2013|
|Cast:||James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen|
|Directors:||Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen|
|Studios:||Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures|
|Run time:||107 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence|