This Is the End

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Language, drugs, death in very funny doomsday movie.
  • R
  • 2013
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 52 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Despite all the vulgar humor and bad behavior, the movie's point is for characters to learn how to be good. As they discover, simply being "nice" isn't good enough: They must consider others before they consider themselves. At the same time, two old friends learn to talk with each other and renew their failing friendship.
Positive Role Models & Representations
While the characters do eventually learn some worthwhile lessons, none of them are particularly positive role models. They all behave badly and selfishly throughout most of the movie. Moreover, since they're all famous actors playing (versions of) themselves, they may give younger viewers a misleading or unhealthy taste of what "fame" can be like -- i.e. parties, drugs, alcohol, mansions, etc.
"End of the world"-type violence, including some giant, rampaging monsters, cars crashing, etc. Many characters die. Characters are possessed by demons, crushed, stabbed, impaled, and/or shot. A man's head is ripped off and rolls around on the floor, spilling blood everywhere. Some humans become cannibals, though no flesh-eating is shown. When Emma Watson shows up later in the movie, the men have a talk about trying not to "rape" her, which comes out badly.
A porn magazine is briefly shown. A giant sculpture of a penis is shown, and some of the giant computer-generated monsters are shown with penises. Also heavy, constant sex talk and innuendo. A male character slaps a female character's behind in an early scene at a party. 

Language is extremely strong and constant -- mainly "f--k," but also "s--t," "c--t," "c--k," "p---y," "prick," "t-tty," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "bastard," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more.

Characters fight over the last Milky Way candy bar in existence, and when they finally eat it, they make breathless "yummy" noises. (It's a great ad.) Several other brand names are mentioned. Since the characters are playing themselves, many of their actual movie titles are mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The movie begins at a Hollywood party filled with drugs and alcohol. A character blows cocaine in someone else's face. Two main characters spend a day smoking pot at the beginning of the movie. After the apocalypse, the survivors take inventory, and most of what's left consists of pot and alcohol.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byniecy2013 June 29, 2013

disturbing and dis respectful

I was completely caught off guard and disturbed by the messages that were being sent in this movie . Some parts created good to the movie like real life lessons... Continue reading
Adult Written bystaceydfla July 1, 2013

Obscene and idiotic

Two unrelenting hours of jokes about pot, penises and poo. I can't even begin to count how many times the "f" word was uttered. It was so foul-mo... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byNvG Nick November 24, 2015

This Is the End Review

Fantastic movie. The whole cast is great, especially Craig Robinson and Seth Rogen. One of raunchiest films is also one of the best.
Teen, 13 years old Written byRarui July 3, 2013

Funny for adults, funny for children, but no one under 13!

I'm 13 years old, and me and my friend went to see this movie today. I personally LOVED it. My friend did too. Though, I would not think a good parent shou... Continue reading

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?

This enjoyable comedy extravaganza is a remarkable mix of monsters, visual effects, vulgar humor, and feel-good optimism. Rogen and writer Evan Goldberg, who previously teamed up on the screenplays for Superbad, Pineapple Express, The Green Hornet, and The Watch, make their co-directing debut here. 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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?

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