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Movie Review: This Is The End (15)

This Is The End (15)
****

It might outstay its welcome, but for a cinema visit with like-minded friends it’s the funniest film since Hot Tub Time Machine

Jonah Hill, Rihanna and Christopher Mintz-Plasse in This Is The End

Hollywood’s finest carry on partying during the apocalypse in this unforgettably lewd comedy action thriller.

It’s so over the top that if you watch this with a fully fuelled Saturday-night popcorn audience it might just blow your socks off.

The fun starts with Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen meeting up and joking that Seth plays the same character in every movie.

Next, they’re at James Franco’s house where other party guests include Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and Michael Cera.

Emma Watson is in foul-mouthed mood to ensure she leaves Harry Potter behind once and for all and if you don’t get the message that she’s over Hermione this time then she’ll be on similar ground in next week’s The Bling Ring, too.

Jointly directed by Evan Goldman and his co-writer Rogen, This is the End is based on their 2007 short film, Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse.

As well as their own self-penned hits like Superbad and Pineapple Express, other references range from Back to the Future to Godzilla.

But what makes this tick is that all of the stars may or not be playing their real selves in a disaster flick version of Paranormal Activity with added seat-shaking special effects.

In-jokes about celebrity culture and what these stars might really be like pours gasoline onto every spark.

The two-hour running time is half an hour too long, but for non-prudes sitting with like-minded friends, it’s the funniest film since Hot Tub Time Machine (2010).

If you think this feels like a mega-budget Nick Frost and Simon Pegg movie minus your favourite Brits don’t worry... new movie The World’s End will herald their own brand of booze and destruction from July 19.

 

 

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