‘This is The End’ Opens

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
By Kevin Crossman

Seth Rogen’s passion project This is The End opens today, costarring tons of familiar faces including Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride. Also appearing are a ton of celebs including Paul Rudd, Mindy Kaling, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Jason Segel, Aziz Ansari, and more. Rogen and Evan Goldberg have co-directed the film in addition to serving as writers.

Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel in This is The End

Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel in This is The End

The apocalyptic comedy is getting good buzz with 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and lots of positive press (except for Jonah Hill’s portion of the Rolling Stone cover story). The stars are playing exaggerated versions of themselves, with Michael Cera being one example of a star playing way against type as a coked-up sex addict. The film is also a return to the R-rated crude humor and dialogue that we haven’t really seen from Rogen since 2008’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno (unless you count his hilarious cameo in last year’s For a Good Time Call…)

Could this be the first breakout comedy of the summer, or will fans say “meh” the way they have with The Hangover Part III and The Internship?┬áIf you’ve seen This is The End, leave a comment below.

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James Franco, Emma Watson, and Seth Rogen in This is The End

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Michael Cera in This is The End

21 Responses to “‘This is The End’ Opens”

  1. Buffalo Billycan

    Hilarious and very, very dark. I loved it. Follows the same general plot of male friends struggling to maintain a friendship as they grow, but with tons of crazy violence and CGI demons added in. Just as much a horror film as a comedy… some genuine scares mixed in with the dick jokes. As a fan of Undeclared, I was happy to see Jay and Seth together again. Craig Robinson was really great in it. Franco is funny and ridiculous. Jonah Hill is really annoying, but that’s his character, and I found it funny. His shift midway through is fantastic and Rogen/Goldberg do well in referencing some classic films. Michael Cera nailed the douchey asshole cokehead. McBride is like Kenny Powers but much more antagonistic and sociopathic (which I didn’t think was possible). Killer cameos, especially one I didn’t expect late in the film. Great ending. Most fun I’ve had in the theater in a long time. Highly, highly recommended.

  2. Kevin Crossman

    Yes, that cameo at the end of the film was great. Bummed that Paul Rudd’s role isn’t bigger.

    I too was scared several times. Lots of fun, but not consistently funny. I’m sure the DVD is going to have a shit-load of extras.

  3. Kevin Crossman

    The film made $6.5m on Wednesday, including Tuesday late shows, and looks to end the weekend north of $30m. That makes back the film’s production costs and clearly is big enough to be considered a hit.

  4. Chris

    A 30+ weekend is pretty good against Man of Steel. But I think this movie will have some strong legs.

  5. Rick Duran

    Last week, opening was projected around $26m. The fact that it did $6.5m on opening day alone makes me think this is going to open slightly higher than the estimated $32m range. Can’t wait to check this out

  6. ASFan

    It looks like this made 7.8M instead of 6.5M.

  7. ASFan

    And this will probably be the funniest comedy of the year.

  8. Jon

    This movie was so much fun, laughs and jumps. Michael Cera had most the theatre in tears.

  9. Mario

    ASFan: Anchorman 2 is coming out this Christmas.

  10. ASFan

    Mario: I’m not one to rank movies by default of things that preceded them.

  11. Kevin Crossman

    So if I understand, Mario, “funniest film of the year” is not a good criteria/summary of one’s view of a film?

  12. Mario

    Hey, he said “will” probably be the funniest film of the year. That’s a guess, right? And we’re only halfway there. So can’t I venture that Anchorman 2 will probably be the funniest film of the year? I mean, as guesses go…

  13. Mario

    But basically, I was saying, don’t count Anchorman 2 out.

  14. Kevin Crossman

    Don’t count it out. Yes, agree.

    I’ve been thinking about this film. I feel bad that Baruchel is getting short shrift attention-wise (Rolling Stone cover etc.). He’s basically the star of the film, plot wise. Without spoiling it for those who’ve seen it, it was really interesting to me how the body count ended up by the end of the film.

  15. ASFan

    I knew Franco would screw it up, if you know what I mean.

    Also, about Anchorman 2, I just don’t want to get my hopes up only to find out on release that it’s a disappointment. I mean, everything’s susceptible to disappointment. And everyone is looking forward to it because of Anchorman 1, but it going being the funniest movie of the year by default of Anchorman 1 is not a smart statement to make.

  16. Kevin Crossman

    Having seen This is The End, saying it “probably will be the funniest film of the year” is a bold statement that essentially indicates you don’t have much hope for A2. Which, given McKay/Ferrell’s track record is probably not a wise bet. Of course, my opinion on this is shaped by opinion that This is The End was “very good but far from all-time awesome” so there’s plenty of “head room” for some other film between now and 12/31/2013.

  17. ASFan

    Sure it’s Ferrell and McKay, but it’s also a comedy sequel, which more often than not tries to sell on its name rather than moments. Of course, perhaps I should reserve judgment until we get a trailer with actual footage from the movie.

  18. ASFan

    I mean it’s not that I don’t have much hope for A2. I guess I’m just disappointed with most of the comedy output this year. Sure I loved This Is the End, but I hated Hangover 3. And then Identity Thief, Burt Wonderstone, and The Internship were all mediocre to me. Coming up, The Heat looks forced. Grown Ups 2, well, I shouldn’t have to go into that. We’re the Millers looks promising. I’m definitely looking forward to The World’s End, even though I don’t have a lot of belly laughs with their humor, I certainly enjoy it. I guess my lowered expectations for A2 are from a lack of actual footage from the movie.

  19. Mario

    Here is my take on A2: This is Will Ferrell’s first sequel, right? He’s always been averse to making them, because he doesn’t want to devalue what people loved about the first one. That was his position on Elf and Old School. I respect that, and in hindsight he was probably right, especially since we’ve seen what Todd Phillips does when you give him too many sequels (although needless to say, I’d be a 1,000 times more excited about an OS sequel than a Hangover sequel any day). It’s also worth mentioning that Will would have had a lot less creative control over those potential sequels than a Ferrell/McKay sequel.

    But Ron Burgundy is Will’s creation. A character that just plain works, and it seems he can generate endless material just by being in character. It’s also the greatest SNL character that never was. He and McKay wrote sketches for Will’s repeat characters on SNL, and they always seemed to work because the character worked. I feel like, yes, expectations will be through the roof for A2, but remember: This is a character that’s already spawned a whole secondary film (Wake Up, Ron Burgundy) just from the sheer momentum of the material generation of the first film.

    Lastly, this must be the first sequel in history that the creators pushed for (except for maybe Clerks 2), rather than the studio. Paramount, as we all know, had no love for a sequel. So Will and McKay are clearly investing a lot of their own credibility in this project. They can’t blame anyone but themselves if it doesn’t work. If they’re making it, they must know they’ve still got “it,” the “it” that made Anchorman comedy magic.

  20. Tom P

    Loved this movie. Funniest movie I’ve seen in theaters in quite some time. Plan on seeing it again this week.

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