A quick glance at recent movie openings might give you the impression that Hollywood has something against humanity, which has been brought to the brink of annihilation in such films as
On the bright side, however, "This Is the End" has something going for it that the other three don't: good reviews.
The premise of the film involves a bunch of Hollywood actors playing exaggerated versions of themselves as the apocalypse dawns, and the Los Angeles Times' Betsy Sharkey says it's "stupidly hysterical and smartly heretical." Starting from the top, "
One warning, however: "If excessive F-bombs and explicit language, graphic discussions and depictions of sex and drugs, and an extremely well-endowed devil who goes full Monty are likely to bother you, 'This Is the End' is not for you."
A.O. Scott of the
Ty Burr of the
Not every critic has been won over, of course. Salon's Andrew O'Hehir writes, "I enjoyed the hell out of it for a while, but it got irritating and self-congratulatory long before it was over and I desperately do not want to see it again. I'm all in favor of movie stars making jokes at their own expense, but an entire movie based on that premise starts to seem like a suspiciously large amount of upside-down vanity."
Rogen, Franco and the rest of the gang can probably live with that. It's not the end of the world, and they've already survived that anyway.