This Is the End

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This Is the End
Six worried-looking men stand on a suspended part of a street over a fiery pit. The primary cast members are listed across the top, and the tagline "Nothing ruins a party like the end of the world" is at the bottom.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
  • Seth Rogen
  • Evan Goldberg
  • James Weaver
Screenplay by
  • Seth Rogen
  • Evan Goldberg
Based on Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse 
by Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg
Jason Stone
Starring
Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography Brandon Trost
Edited by Zene Baker
Production
company
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • June 3, 2013 (2013-06-03) (Fox Village Theater)
  • June 14, 2013 (2013-06-14) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $32 million[2]
Box office $126 million[2]

This Is the End is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (in their directorial debut) and stars Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera and Emma Watson. The film centers around a group of real life actors playing fictionalized versions of themselves in the aftermath of a global biblical apocalypse. The film premiered at the Fox Village Theater on June 3, 2013 and was released on June 14, 2013 by Columbia Pictures, with a re-release on September 6, 2013.[3] This Is the End grossed $126 million on a $32 million budget.[2]

Plot[edit]

Jay Baruchel arrives in Los Angeles to visit with old friend and fellow actor Seth Rogen, who invites him to attend a housewarming party hosted by James Franco. Baruchel is uncomfortable being around so many people he hardly knows, so Rogen accompanies him to a convenience store for cigarettes.

At the store, beams of blue light come down and suck numerous people into the sky. Rogen and Baruchel flee back to Franco's house amid mass chaos, but find the party undisturbed. Moments later, an earthquake strikes, and the partygoers rush outside. A large hole opens in Franco's yard, swallowing several partygoers, while Rogen, Baruchel, Franco, Jonah Hill, and Craig Robinson survive, and run back inside the house. They take inventory of their supplies, set up a ration system, and await help.

The next morning, Danny McBride wakes up first. Unaware of the crisis, he wastes much of their food. The others tell him of the previous night's events, which he initially doesn't believe until an outsider is decapitated in front of them. Tensions rise due to various conflicts, including Baruchel and Rogen's growing estrangement, and the others' skepticism of Baruchel's belief that the disaster might be the Apocalypse predicted in the Book of Revelation.

Later, Emma Watson, another survivor of the party, returns. However, due to a misunderstanding, she believes the group is planning to rape her and leaves, taking the group's remaining drinks with her. Robinson is chosen to travel outside to the basement for water, but finds the door is locked and returns after an encounter with an unknown being.

Robinson's experience causes him to believe Baruchel's theory that the Apocalypse has arrived. The guys reach the basement by digging through the floor, and find the water, but McBride ends up wasting most of it out of spite. The group unanimously decides to kick McBride out of the house. Franco gives him the revolver, which McBride tries to use to kill the others, only to find that Franco had filled it with blanks. Before he leaves, McBride reveals that Baruchel was in town two months prior but stayed at a hotel, instead of at Rogen's house, because of their strained friendship. Jonah makes a remark that annoys Jay, causing him to punch Jonah. Later that night, Hill prays for Baruchel to die, but is raped by a demon shortly after.

The next day, Robinson and Baruchel go to a neighboring home for supplies. Meanwhile, Franco and Rogen find Hill unconscious from what looks like an LBS episode, but he wakes up possessed. Hill chases Franco and Rogen while Robinson and Baruchel flee a demonic bull at the neighbor's house. The group subdues Hill, but during an exorcism attempt, Baruchel and Rogen get into a fight and knock a candle over. A fire starts, engulfing Hill and the house in flames and forcing the remaining four outside.

Franco suggests taking his car to his home in Malibu, but finds the car guarded by a winged demon. Robinson volunteers to sacrifice himself. The plan succeeds and Robinson is raptured, leading the others to realize they can still be saved if they do a selfless act. As the others escape, the car is hit by an armored motor home filled with cannibals led by Danny McBride, along with Channing Tatum as his pet, and they are captured. Franco volunteers to sacrifice himself to save the others, but taunts McBride as he ascends to Heaven, causing his light beam to vanish. Franco is eaten by McBride and his cannibals as Rogen and Baruchel escape. They encounter a gigantic satanic being and, Baruchel apologizes to Seth for his actions. As they await their fate in an embrace, a blue beam strikes Baruchel, and he begins to ascend while Rogen does not. Baruchel grabs Rogen's hand, but Rogen's presence prevents them from ascending into Heaven, so Rogen lets go to save his friend. As he falls into the devil's mouth, he is saved by another beam, which splits the evil being down the middle.

In Heaven, Robinson, who is now an angel, tells them that Heaven is a place where any desire comes true. Baruchel wishes for the Backstreet Boys and the band performs "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" as everyone dances.

Cast[edit]

Most of the film's cast portray fictional, exaggerated versions of themselves:[4]

Production[edit]

According to Rogen and Goldberg, "We always wanted to do a movie where people played themselves and something extraordinary happened; the initial version of the film was Seth Rogen and Busta Rhymes were filming a music video and a film respectively, on the Sony lot, and Antmen attacked from the center of the earth."[5] The film is also based on Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse, a short film created by Stone and Goldberg in 2007.[6]

In an interview with The Guardian, Goldberg commented on influences contributing to the film, saying "[i]f you drilled down to the core of what I do, it's just ripping off little bits of Charlie Kaufman. Seth and I always loved The Larry Sanders Show too. And the popularity of reality television now also feeds into that idea of whether what we're watching is actually real. We thought working with our friends in that situation would be awesome because they're all comedians willing to take stabs at themselves."[7] The actors play exaggerated versions of themselves, with only James Franco having no objections to doing what the script wanted him to do.[8]

While set in Los Angeles, principal photography was in New Orleans due to tax rebates that would keep the budget low. Filming rolled from February to early July 2012.[9] Modus FX made 240 visual effects for the film, which include natural disasters, set extensions for the house that serves as a primary location, computer-generated demons, and the Rapture lights that raise people to Heaven.[10] In March 2013, the release date was pushed forward two days to June 12, 2013.[11] After filming wrapped, Rogen and Goldberg were displeased about the ending they had originally shot. They thought of putting Morgan Freeman in Heaven, but the actor declined.[12] Since "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" already played in a scene and the directors wanted to close on an over-the-top note, the directors decided to feature the Backstreet Boys in the scene instead.[13]

During production, the film was titled The Apocalypse,[6] a name later changed to The End of the World.[6][14] The name changed to This Is the End on December 20, 2012, upon the release of its first trailer and poster.[15] This was done at the request of Rogen's Paul co-star Simon Pegg, who wrote to Rogen in concern that The End of the World was too similar a title to his comedy film The World's End, also released in the summer of 2013 and centered around an apocalypse with an ensemble cast. As The World's End was the name of a key location in that film, Pegg worried he could not change the name of his film.[16]

On April 1, 2013, Sony released an April Fools' Day trailer for Pineapple Express 2, which was in fact a teaser trailer for This Is the End.[17] According to Rogen and Goldberg, however, the homemade Pineapple Express 2 film in This Is the End depicts what they envision for the actual sequel.[18]

Music[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

This Is the End: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released June 11, 2013
Recorded 2013
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 48:43
Label RCA Records

This Is the End: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack of the film. It was released on June 11, 2013[19][20] by RCA Records.

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Take Yo Panties Off"   Snoop Dogg & Craig Robinson 5:06
2. "Step Into a World (Rapture's Delight)"   KRS-One 4:50
3. "Tipsy (Club Mix)"   J-Kwon 4:05
4. "A Joyful Process"   Funkadelic 6:17
5. "Love in the Old Days"   Daddy 4:18
6. "When the Shit Goes Down"   Cypress Hill 3:11
7. "Watchu Want"   Belief & Karniege 2:57
8. "Easy Fix"   K.Flay 3:36
9. "Spirit in the Sky"   Norman Greenbaum 3:58
10. "Everybody"   Backstreet Boys 3:45
11. "Please Save My Soul"   Church Friends Choir featuring Pamela Landrum 2:07
12. "I Will Always Love You"   Whitney Houston 4:33
Total length:
48:43
Songs featured in the film, but not in the soundtrack

Score[edit]

The score by Henry Jackman, with additional material by Dominic Lewis and Matthew Margeson and conducted by Nick Glennie-Smith, was not officially released on its own, not even as bonus tracks on the CD or digital releases on RCA's album. Despite that, a promotional album for the score does exist, according to Soundtrack.net.[21]

No. Title Length
1. "Rapture on Melrose"   1:47
2. "Hills on Fire/The Sinkhole"   3:36
3. "Foreboding News Report"   0:22
4. "Can't Sleep"   0:43
5. "Head Guy"   0:30
6. "The Sinkhole Remains"   0:35
7. "This Shit is Biblical"   0:58
8. "Boredom Montage"   0:36
9. "Emma Returns"   0:15
10. "Drawing Matches Pt 1"   0:42
11. "Craig Gets the Water"   1:37
12. "Creepy Basement Memorabilia"   0:25
13. "The Devil Rapes Zac"   1:17
14. "Drawing Matches Pt 2"   1:05
15. "Jay & Craig Go Outside"   1:22
16. "Something's Wrong with Jonah"   0:37
17. "Jonah is Possessed"   0:35
18. "Demonic Chase Sequence"   4:01
19. "Lights Out, Jay's Got a Plan"   0:22
20. "The Exorcism of Jonah Hill"   0:37
21. "Fire Chase"   1:12
22. "Craig's Last Stand"   2:15
23. "Franco's Demise"   1:31
24. "The Rapture of Seth & Jay"   2:25
Total length:
29:30

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, and Jonah Hill at a screening for the film in June 2013

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 83%, based on 211 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The site's consensus reads, "Energetic, self-deprecating performances and enough guffaw-inducing humor make up for the flaws in This Is the End's loosely written script."[22] On Metacritic, the film has an average rating of 67 out of 100, based on 41 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[23] On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[24]

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a letter grade of "A", saying, "You could sit through a year's worth of Hollywood comedies and still not see anything that's genuinely knock-your-socks-off audacious. But This Is the End (opening June 12) truly is. It's the wildest screen comedy in a long time and also the smartest, the most fearlessly inspired and the snort-out-loud funniest."[25] Brian D. Johnson of Maclean's wrote, "There could be worse ways to experience the apocalypse than with a party of stoned celebrities at James Franco's house. For one thing, his epic art collection can be used to board up the cracking walls against demons and zombies. That's the screwball scenario of This Is the End...The film unfolds as a profanely funny showbiz parody. But with perfect timing, it also sends up a genre that has recently gone viral at the multiplex: the apoca-blockbuster."[26] At the other end of the spectrum, Canada's The Globe and Mail compared the film to the interminable wait for a cancelled bus, giving it one and a half stars out of five. The critic referred to the actors in the film as "the lazy, the privileged and the mirthless".[27]

Box office[edit]

In the United States, the film opened at number 2 in its first weekend with $20,719,162, only behind Man of Steel's $116.6 million. This Is the End grossed $101,470,202 in North America, and $24,571,120 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $126,041,322.[2][28]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 1, 2013.[29] It was the last movie to be officially rented by Blockbuster video before they went out of business at 11pm November 9, 2013.[1].

Possible sequel[edit]

When asked if a sequel to the film was probable, director and co-writer Evan Goldberg said, "If you ask me, I'd say there's a pretty good chance of a sequel. If you ask Seth Rogen, he'd say no." In June 2013, Goldberg announced ideas for a sequel in which the apocalypse occurs at the premiere of This Is the End. "Seth's a cokehead in this version, Michael Cera is a calm dude with a boyfriend, Rihanna and The Backstreet Boys are back," Goldberg said in an interview. "We have a lot of ideas: a heaven and hell, for example, and a garden of Eden version where Danny [McBride] is Adam."[30] Despite this, Goldberg has stated it would be difficult to re-create the casting conditions from the first film due to different schedules, believing them to be a stroke of luck, saying, "I honestly don't know if we could get the guys together [again]." In May 2014, Seth Rogen posted a status on Twitter saying, "I don't think we'll make a sequel to This Is the End, but if we did, it would be called No, THIS Is the End.[31]

Attraction[edit]

This Is The End was later adapted into a 3D maze entitled This Is The End: 3D at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. The maze served as the event's first comedy-horror based attraction.[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THIS IS THE END (15)". British Board of Film Classification. April 23, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "This is the End (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Seth Rogen And Evan Goldberg's This Is The End Is Returning To Theaters". CinemaBlend.com. September 3, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ Chitwood, Adam (December 20, 2012). "First Red-Band Clip and Poster for Seth Rogen's THIS IS THE END Starring Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, and Many More". Collider.com. Archived from the original on December 20, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ Rogen, Seth; Goldberg, Evan (June 14, 2013). "We are Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg - Ask Us Anything". Reddit. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Chitwood, Adam (April 6, 2012). "Aziz Ansari Joins Seth Rogen in THE APOCALYPSE". Collider.com. Archived from the original on March 28, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ Gilbey, Ryan (June 6, 2013). "This is the End: why actors love to play themselves". The Guardian. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ Good friends made 'This Is the End' into a real party, USA Today
  9. ^ Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's New Orleans: 'This Is the End' co-directors dive stomach-first into city, Times-Picayune
  10. ^ Modus FX Creates Monsters and Mayhem for 'This Is The End', Animation World Network
  11. ^ Bettinger, Brendan (March 28, 2013). "Release Dates for Seth Rogen's THIS IS THE END and KON-TIKI; Tina Fey/Steve Carell Comedy MAIL-ORDER GROOM Delayed". Collider.com. Archived from the original on March 28, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ How This Is the End Was Originally Going to End, The Vulture
  13. ^ Seth Rogen This Is The End Interview, Entertainment Weekly
  14. ^ "Aziz Ansari Joins 'The Apocalypse'". Spill.com. April 8, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  15. ^ Lussier, Germain (December 20, 2012). "‘This Is The End’ Red-Band Teaser Clip and Poster: Seth Rogen's End Of The World Comedy Debuts, Before Possible End Of The World". /Film. Archived from the original on December 20, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2012.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "NameChange" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  16. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (February 12, 2014). "Simon Pegg Didn’t Love Man of Steel’s Ending". Vulture. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  17. ^ "PINEAPPLE EXPRESS 2 - Official Trailer". YouTube. April 1, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  18. ^ Rogen, Seth; Goldberg, Evan (June 14, 2013). "We are Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg - Ask Us Anything". Reddit. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  19. ^ "This Is The End: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Explicit]: Various: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  20. ^ "iTunes Music – This Is the End (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Various Artists". iTunes Store. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  21. ^ ""This Is the End" Original Score (Promotional Album) 2013". Soundtrack.net. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  22. ^ This Is the End at Rotten Tomatoes Flixster. Retrieved July 6, 2013
  23. ^ This Is the End at Metacritic CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 6, 2013
  24. ^ http://m.cinemascore.com
  25. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (June 8, 2013). "Movie Review: This Is the End". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  26. ^ Johnson, Brian D. (June 7, 2013). "Was Armageddon always this complicated?". Maclean's. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  27. ^ Groen, Rick D. "This Is the End leaves viewers asking: When will it be over?". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for June 14-16, 2013". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. July 4, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  29. ^ "This Is the End Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  30. ^ http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/evan-goldberg-thinks-this-is-the-end-sequel-is-entirely-possible/
  31. ^ https://twitter.com/sethrogen/status/472174283360567296
  32. ^ http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood/2015/att-this-is-the-end.php

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