The rapture's a riot in 'This Is the End'

June 20, 2013 

>Get ready for this year's summer comedy.

"This Is the End" features every actor to ever appear in a Judd Apatow production. James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Michael Cera each plays a version of himself.

Some versions come from popular opinion (Rogen is a Hollywood sellout), some are fictional (Cera is a coked-out ladies man) and others are potentially true (Hill has an ego after being nominated for an Oscar).

The famous Rogen and the B-list Baruchel (his celebrity status is a running joke), head over to Franco's character's house for a party.

Everyone imaginable at a hip Hollywood party is there. Emma Watson (they call her Hermoine), Mindy Kaling of "The Office," and Rihanna are all getting chummy with LA's comedians. It feels like a real-life version of "The Entourage."

Rogen and Baruchel head to a convenience store to get some munchies, and on their way hear an enormous crack. It's not an earthquake, but the arrival of the rapture. And as all the good people of Earth rise to heaven, the Hollywood elite head to hell.

"Who would've known that the rapture was a real thing?" Rogen asks.

"Ninety-five percent of the population," someone responds.

Rogen and his co-writer and director Evan Goldberg take this into unexpected territory. Instead of the rapture being thrown into satire mode, it's treated as reality, and the movie becomes an outrageous philosophical disaster comedy.

As everyone regroups at Franco's character's house, a war of the egos becomes a hilarious exercise in the ridiculousness of celebrity. The dialogue is so quick-witted and the egos so large that we feel as if we are eavesdropping on the real thing.

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