I couldn’t believe it when I saw this trailer for the first time – a movie with that many hilarious celebs that isn’t a Valentine’s Day spinoff? Sounds too good to be true. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson… In other words, all the regulars necessary to make a film perfect for the massive crowd that adored Superbad, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and other incredibly successful comedies.
Better yet are the other names that have been mentioned: Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Michael Cera, even the Backstreet Boys. And (cough) if you haven’t watched the trailer, do it now: Emma Watson has a cameo. What more could you ask for? [WARNING: RATED R.]
The only solid details we get from the trailer are that:
- There are a ton of celebrities present, most of whom play themselves (which is awesome).
- Just about everybody dies.
- Emma Watson breaks into James Franco’s house threatening the group with an axe.
- It looks like absolutely NOTHING can stop this movie from being hilarious.
From what we can gather right now, the end of the world seems to be due to some sort of an alien takeover, as well as a tie-in with the Mayan prediction of the world ending on 12/21/12. Not much, but at least we can ditch the whole “Rapture” genre of apocalyptic movies. The official synopsis reads as follows:
The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.
The film originally started as a project between Jason Stone, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg called “Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse.” To garner interest and funding for the new movie, production started almost immediately after the completion of 2006’s Knocked Up.
The guys started with nothing but a $3,000 budget and a small script. The eight-minute film was never publicly released (seriously, you will NOT find it anywhere – I’ve tried). Eight years later, the expanded feature-length film This is the End has finally come to fruition. And yet we still have to wait until June to find out just how everyone dies in the post-apocalyptic mess.
I’m already psyched to add it to my collection of other comedy classics, and it isn’t even out yet. At least if no other summer movies look promising, I can always just watch this until I have it memorized.