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This is the End

So our friend and occasional contributor to the 3 guys site, Klash (and one of the original 3 guys) is in town enjoying the Southern California weather. So of course we had to drag him out to see a couple of movies and do a few reviews! Thanks for helping out Klash!

 

Movie Name  This is the End

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Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride

 

Plot: A group of actors find themselves left behind after the rapture and try to understand what has happened and why they were not chosen to go to heaven.

 

 

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Adam:

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Klash:

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Griff:

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So what did you think? 

Adam -  A very funny film with a premise that Kirk Cameron could appreciate. He may be the only actor who did not make a cameo in this comedic star studded affair.  Seemed to wander a bit at times but finished up strong.  Actually had better use of CGI than the recent Man of Steel.

Klash - Considering the comedic ensemble that made up the cast for this movie, the movie contained very few humorous moments which were greatly out shadowed by long periods of boredom. The best part of the film actually came from within the audience when Adam nearly leapt out of his seat screaming like a little girl.

Griff – Funny but it relies pretty heavily on the “dick and fart” jokes. At times the jokes get a bit tired and plot starts to meander. It does work though and there were moments that had me laughing out loud.

 

 

Any thoughts before you saw the movie? 

Adam – Many of my favorite comedic actors were assembled in one giant picture that was getting awesome reviews.  I was really looking forward to checking this one out.  Was also cool that our man Klashka was in town on vacation so we all got to check it out together.  Although, he ended up making fun of me when I jumped and screamed at a demon.

Klash – I had no preconceived thoughts about this movie and didn’t expect much more than the typical humor seen in each of the actors prior movies.

Griff – It was getting great reviews and had a cast that pretty impressive. I love Danny McBride in East Bound and Down so I was looking forward to his performance in this one.

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Did you think this movie was fresh and/or innovative? 

Adam – I enjoyed this newest entry in the Left Behind series of films.  I think this is installment is even better than 2001‘s Left Behind and 2002’s Left Behind, Tribulation Force starring my favorite actor Kirk Cameron.

Klash - This movie was neither fresh nor innovative.  As previously mentioned it consisted of the same worn out humor and antics seen countless times before in the casts prior movies.

Griff – Certainly not the first time I have seen a plot revolve around the rapture but having it be a comedy was pretty clever. The movie definitely felt fresh.

 

 

Did you think the script was well written? 

Adam – A funny script for sure.  I can see some tight asses being offended by a few of the scenes in the film.  However, to be honest I was expecting it to be even more raunchy than it turned out to be.  As I mentioned previously, a few bits seemed to linger a little too long and the the plot seemed to wander a bit till regaining it’s footing.

Klash – Considering the type of movie, the script fit the bill. That said, that comment shouldn’t be taken as a positive.  The script could have been shortened quite a bit and still provided the same end results. Unfunny attempts at humor combined with stale antics have the script not heading towards the light.

Griff - It was funny but the script really just seemed like an opportunity for the cast try their hand at ad-libbing. The middle portion of the film really gets bogged down while they try and figure out where to go with the plot.

 

 

Was there a performance you really liked or really hated? 

Adam – I wish this entire film was about the man, the myth, the legend, Michael Cera, that dude knows how to party.  Also Danny McBride is pretty bad ass in this film.  I mean guy has himself a gimp and a gang of cannibals, how gangster is that?

Klash – Not being a fan of Michael Cera he stole the show anytime he made an appearance.  Funnier than the entire cast combined the movie would have been a lot better if Cera had been one of the leads.

Griff - Without a doubt. Michael Cera steals the show in this one. His limited time in the movie was easily the highlight of the film. Kudo’s to Channing Tatum for his small part in this too. It took some huge balls to agree to that part.

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Do you remember a song from the film?

Adam – I will Always Love You by Whitney Houston.  I never thought I would see a better use of this song than from The Bodyguard but it finally happened.

Klash - I will always love you – Whitney Houston

Griff - “Take Yo Panties Off” by Craig Robinson

 

 

What was your favorite line? 

Adam – “sip break” Michael Cera

Klash – I’d have to go with pretty much anything Michael Cera blurted out.

Griff – I’m on a cleanse, I’m not psychotic.

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What would have made this a better movie?

Adam - While not overly long, this film still had some pacing issues.  Similarly, when a joke did not work it seemed like they kept going with it.  These are just minor complaints as overall this film is devilishly fun.

Klash – Humor and some originality.  The cast was there and there were plenty of opportunities to pull off what could have been some very funny moments, but the film felt very restrained.  The opportunity to push the envelope was seemingly avoided.

Griff - Truthfully this film could have been cut down to about an hour and half of run time and better film for it. Also, if you are already straddled with an “R” rating, why not go for it? It felt like they were holding back instead of really pushing limits.

 

 

Is it worth seeing in the theater? Or could you have waited for the DVD/Stream?

Adam - This is sort of a toss up I usually suggest watching comedies at the theater but this is a case where I think you would also have a good time re-watching this one with your buddies at home.

Klash – This is one of those over hyped movies that can definitely wait till its streaming.

Griff – This one might actually be better served watching at home with some friends and a couple of beers. I didn’t mind seeing it in the theater though is that’s what you want to do.

 

 

What other movies would you recommend if someone enjoyed this film? 

Adam – If you enjoyed this film I could see you enjoying Pineapple Express, Superbad and the full run of Eastbound and Down on HBO.  That is a great series starring Danny McBride that more people need to check out.

Klash – Nothing immediately comes to mind.

Griff - I have to give props to the old movies whenever I can so I am saying you should check out something from the OG of this type of humor, Mel Brooks. How about History of the World Part I, or Maybe Blazing Saddles?

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Any final thoughts on this movie? 

Adam – While not quite as hilarious as I was led to believe while walking into the theater this is still a very humorous take on the rapture.  Emma Watson looks good with an axe in her hand.

Klash - What could have potentially been one of this summers memorable comedies, this movie fell flat resulting in a drawn out and often quite boring viewing experience.

Griff - I knew it couldn’t live up to the hype but I was expecting this one to be a lot funnier based on some of the things that I have read. It’s a funny movie to be sure and it is worth checking out especially if you enjoy Seth Rogen’s particular brand of humor.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • MarkusWelby1 June 21, 2013, 12:28 pm

    Some funny stuff in this one, but I think it was just one dick joke too long.

    • Adam June 24, 2013, 8:11 am

      Only one dick joke too many? The number of dick jokes was less concerning than repeating the same dick joke as it got less funny each time.

  • sati June 21, 2013, 1:55 pm

    I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m definitely excited, I think this is the first review I read where some negatives are mentioned. Since there are so few funny comedies out there nowadays I hope I’ll like this one.

    • Adam June 24, 2013, 8:12 am

      Sati, I thought it was still a funny film, I was just expecting folks to be rolling in the aisles and that wasn’t really going on.

  • Teddy June 21, 2013, 3:13 pm

    “The best part of the film actually came from within the audience when Adam nearly leapt out of his seat screaming like a little girl”. LOL. Dying.

    Sounds like you guys are generally in agreement. A decent watch. I’m only seeing this for Emma Watson’s brief scenes. I’ll probably wait for it to be on Redbox.

    ““Take Yo Panties Off” by Craig Robinson”. Oh, Griff.

    • Adam June 24, 2013, 8:13 am

      Teddy, that Demon was scary looking ;-)

  • Tom June 21, 2013, 4:17 pm

    good review guys! but i have to really clash with Klash’s opinion on this not being funny and being boring. Far from it. But, this is the movies and everyone has a different opinion. It’s actually refreshing seeing someone not go crazy over this thing!! haha. I loved it. Maybe too much?

    • Adam June 24, 2013, 8:14 am

      Tom, Klash usually hates everything. I enjoyed the film but perhaps my expectations were too hight based on all the praise I was hearing about this film.

  • Rodney June 21, 2013, 6:51 pm

    I’ll be waiting for the DVD rental on this one. The majority of the cast I’m a little “meh” over, so this film isn’t a “must watch” for me – that said, I’ve been waiting for an ensemble comedy done in this manner, so it’ll be interesting to see. Seth Rogen I can take or leave (he’s excellent in 50/50, but terrible in almost every other film I’ve seen him in) so he’s not a major draw for me.

    I’d class this as a “beer and pizza” movie, rather than an “at the cinema” movie.

    • Adam June 24, 2013, 8:15 am

      Rodney, I think being altered might have helped my viewing of this film. Beer and pizza would be a good idea.

  • Marilyn Armstrong June 21, 2013, 8:50 pm

    Sounds like a good one to wait for on cable. Thanks!

    • Adam June 24, 2013, 8:16 am

      Marilyn, I don’t think you would be upset if you decided to pass on this one at the cinemaplex. It is still worth checking out at some point but I wouldn’t be rushing out to watch it.

  • Dan O. June 22, 2013, 9:00 am

    Honestly, I love the hell out of these guys, so being asked to hang with them for a whole hour-and-a-half, practically made me happy as it was. Once I saw the movie, things were even better than I expected. Good review.

    • Adam June 24, 2013, 8:17 am

      Dan, seems like you enjoyed this one a bit more than we did. I thought it was funny but not hilarious. I actually enjoy most of the cast of this film and the brand raunchy stoner humor they excel at.

  • scottydynamite June 22, 2013, 11:55 am

    Sounds like you guys had a good time with this one, save Klash, I would not expect anything different from him unless there were some kick ass fight scenes.

    • Adam June 24, 2013, 8:18 am

      Scott even if the fight scenes were kick ass he would probably still complain. ;-)

  • Evan Crean June 23, 2013, 9:43 am

    Nice to see others who feel similarly about this film. I also thought it was over-hyped, too long, and not nearly as funny as I expected/hoped. I think there was potential for them to really push the envelope, especially with their fake personas, that most of them didn’t capitalize on. The only person who really seemed to go for it was Danny McBride, who I don’t always find all that hilarious. He’s great at playing selfish dicks. Michael Cera’s alter ego was great too, although I didn’t think he made it particularly hilarious. Solid review gents.

    • Adam June 24, 2013, 8:20 am

      Evan, McBride is the man, I guess only 8 more episodes of East Bound and Down and I am sort of bummed out about that. That might be the funniest show on TV.

  • Mette June 23, 2013, 2:14 pm

    Very unexpected reviews… I’ve only been hearing great stuff so now I don’t know what to expect. Anyway, I’ll watch it come what may.

    • Adam June 24, 2013, 8:20 am

      Mette, I would say good stuff but not great stuff. Look forward to reading your take on the film.

  • wow June 23, 2013, 6:10 pm

    Klash has GOTS TA GO

    • Adam June 24, 2013, 8:21 am

      Wow, you are in luck he flew back to Boston last night. ;-)

    • mummbles July 9, 2013, 10:03 am

      LOL sick reference, his references are the best!

  • Colin Biggs June 24, 2013, 3:00 pm

    I wound up seeing Man of Steel that opening week instead, but the good word has me thinking I should see this soon.

    • Adam June 24, 2013, 3:38 pm

      Yeah Colin, we did the same thing. I liked it better than man of Steel if that helps your decision. Although I was a big fan of Man of Steel for the first 40 minutes of so.

  • Fogs' Movie Reviews June 25, 2013, 10:29 am

    Wow… shocking lack of love. 8O I thought this movie was incredible.

    • mummbles July 9, 2013, 10:04 am

      It was! funniest movie of 2013, so far.

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