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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
Story by
  • Seth Rogen
  • Evan Goldberg
Based on Jay and Seth versus 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 date
  • June 3, 2013 (2013-06-03) (Fox Village Theater)
  • June 14, 2013 (2013-06-14) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $32 million[2]
Box office $126.5 million[2]

This Is the End is a 2013 American disaster adventure comedy film written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (in their directorial debuts) and stars Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson. The story features 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 in the United States on June 14, 2013 by Columbia Pictures, before being re-released on September 6, 2013.[3] The film grossed $126 million on a $32 million budget.[2]

Contents

PlotEdit

Jay Baruchel arrives in Los Angeles to visit old friend and fellow Canadian actor Seth Rogen, who invites him to attend a housewarming party hosted by James Franco. Jay is uncomfortable at the crowded party so Seth accompanies him to a convenience store for cigarettes. When beams of blue light come down and suck numerous people into the sky, Seth and Jay flee back to Franco's house and find the party unharmed. An earthquake strikes and the crowd rushes outside. A sinkhole suddenly opens in James' yard, swallowing several attendees. Seth, James, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson run back inside the house. Jay tells the remaining party-goers that the earthquake has destroyed most of Los Angeles. They take inventory of their supplies, set up a ration system, board up the house and await help.

The next morning, Danny McBride, unaware of the crisis, wastes much of their food and water. The others tell him of the previous night's events, which he does not believe until a man outside (Brian Huskey) is decapitated as they watch. Tensions rise due to various conflicts, including Jay and Seth's growing estrangement, and the others' skepticism of Jay's belief that the disaster might be the Apocalypse predicted in the Book of Revelation. Emma Watson makes her way back to James' house, but due to a misunderstanding believes the group is planning to rape her and leaves with the group's remaining drinks.

Craig goes for water but encounters an unknown being causing him to believe Jay's theory. Jay and Seth dig through the floor and find water, but Danny wastes most of it out of spite and the others kick him out of the house. Before leaving, Danny reveals that Jay was in town two months prior but stayed at a hotel instead of with Seth because of their strained friendship. Jonah annoys Jay, who punches him in the nose. Later Jonah prays for Jay to die and is possessed by a demon. Seth and James are attacked by the possessed Jonah. Jay and Craig subdue Jonah and tie him up. During an exorcism attempt Jay and Seth fight and knock over a candle. A fire starts, engulfing Jonah and the house and forcing the others outside.

James suggests driving to his home in Malibu but finds his car guarded by a demon. Craig volunteers to sacrifice himself and is raptured into Heaven when the plan succeeds. The others realize they can save themselves by performing a selfless act. They are captured by a group of cannibals led by Danny. When James volunteers to sacrifice himself, a blue beam begins to pull him to Heaven, but when he taunts and insults Danny the beam vanishes. Danny and the other cannibals devour James while Seth and Jay run away. They encounter an enormous demonic being. Jay apologizes to Seth for his actions while the being attempts to eat them. A beam strikes Jay, and he begins to ascend while Seth does not. Jay grabs Seth's hand, but his presence prevents him from ascending into Heaven. Seth forces Jay to let him go and another beam appears around Seth. The pair arrive in Heaven where they are greeted by Craig, who tells them that it is a place where any desire comes true. Jay wishes for the Backstreet Boys and the band performs "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" as everyone dances.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Rogen and Goldberg told interviewers, "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 Goldberg and Jason Stone in 2007.[6]

In an interview with The Guardian, Goldberg commented on influences contributing to the film, "If 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 financial incentives from that city. Filming rolled from February to early July 2012.[9] Modus FX made 240 visual effects for the film, including natural disasters, set extensions for the house, computer-generated demons, and the Rapture beams.[10] After filming wrapped, Rogen and Goldberg were displeased with their ending; they considered putting Morgan Freeman in Heaven, but he declined.[11] 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.[12]

During production, the film was titled The Apocalypse, later changed to The End of the World.[6][13] The name changed to This Is the End on December 20, 2012, upon the release of its first trailer and poster.[14][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 similar 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 that 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]

MusicEdit

SoundtrackEdit

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

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.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Take Yo Panties Off"Snoop Dogg & Craig Robinson5:06
2."Step Into a World (Rapture's Delight)"KRS-One4:50
3."Tipsy (Club Mix)"J-Kwon4:05
4."A Joyful Process"Funkadelic6:17
5."Love in the Old Days"Daddy4:18
6."When the Shit Goes Down"Cypress Hill3:11
7."Watchu Want"Belief & Karniege2:57
8."Easy Fix"K.Flay3:36
9."Spirit in the Sky"Norman Greenbaum3:58
10."Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"Backstreet Boys3:45
11."Please Save My Soul"Church Friends Choir featuring Pamela Landrum2:07
12."I Will Always Love You"Whitney Houston4:33
Total length:48:43
Songs featured in the film, but not in the soundtrack

ScoreEdit

The score by Henry Jackman,[21] 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.[22]

No.TitleLength
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 Part 1"0:42
11."Craig Gets the Water"1:37
12."Creepy Basement Memorabilia"0:25
13."The Devil Rapes Jonah"1:17
14."Drawing Matches Part 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

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

This Is the End grossed $101.5 million in the United States and Canada and $25.1 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $126.5 million, against a production budget of $32 million.[2] It made a net profit of $50 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues for the film.[23]

The film was released in North America on June 14, 2013, alongside Man of Steel, and was projected to open to around $12 million from 3,055 theaters.[24] The film made $7.8 million on its first day and went on to debut to $20.7 million in its opening weekend (a five-day total of $33 million), finishing second at the box office behind Man of Steel ($116.6 million).[25] In its second weekend it grossed $13.3 million, dropping to 4th.[26]

Critical responseEdit

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

On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 82% based on 214 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The site's critical 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."[27] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100, based on 41 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[28] On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[29]

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 . . 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."[30] 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."[31] 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".[32]

Home mediaEdit

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 1, 2013.[33] It was the last movie to be officially rented by Blockbuster Video before they went out of business at 11 p.m. on November 9, 2013.[34]

Possible sequelEdit

When Evan Goldberg was asked whether a sequel to the film was probable, he 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."[35] Despite this, Goldberg has stated that it would be difficult to recreate 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.[36]

AttractionEdit

This Is The End was adapted into a 3D maze entitled This Is The End: 3D at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2015. The maze served as the event's first comedy-horror based attraction.[37]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c d "This is the End (2013)". The Numbers. 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 Chitwood, Adam (April 6, 2012). "Aziz Ansari Joins Seth Rogen in THE APOCALYPSE". Collider. Archived from the original on March 29, 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'". Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  11. ^ How This Is the End Was Originally Going to End, The Vulture
  12. ^ Seth Rogen This Is The End Interview, Entertainment Weekly
  13. ^ "Aziz Ansari Joins 'The Apocalypse'". Spill.com. April 8, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Lussier, Germain (December 20, 2014). "'This Is The End' Emma Stone Movies: Best Netflix Movie, End Of The World Comedy Debuts Before, Action New Movies On Netflix, End Of The World". /Film. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  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. ^ "Henry Jackman to Score 'The End of the World'". FilmMusicReporter.com. 
  22. ^ ""This Is the End" Original Score (Promotional Album) 2013". Soundtrack.net. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Sony Hack Reveals Top-Secret Profitability of 2013 Movies". The Hollywood Reporter. December 5, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Box Office: 'This Is the End' Laughing its Way to $30 Million-Plus Start". Variety. June 11, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for June 14-16, 2013". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. July 4, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for June 21-23, 2013". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. June 24, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  27. ^ This Is the End at Rotten Tomatoes Flixster. Retrieved March 11, 2018
  28. ^ This Is the End at Metacritic CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 6, 2013
  29. ^ "Cinemascore". Retrieved August 14, 2016. [permanent dead link]
  30. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (June 8, 2013). "Movie Review: This Is the End". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  31. ^ Johnson, Brian D. (June 7, 2013). "Was Armageddon always this complicated?". Maclean's. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  32. ^ Groen, Rick D. "This Is the End leaves viewers asking: When will it be over?". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  33. ^ "This Is the End Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  34. ^ This Is The End (The Guardian)
  35. ^ "Evan Goldberg Thinks 'This is The End' Sequel is Entirely Possible". Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  36. ^ "Seth Rogen on Twitter". Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Halloween Horror Nights Event in Los Angeles". Retrieved August 14, 2016. 

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