ARTS ISSUE: ‘This is the End’ takes outrageous comedy to profound levelsPosted on December 5, 2013 | by Zack Grullon
From arguments about masturbation to a severed head kicked around like a soccer ball, “This Is the End” certainly has high shock value. Although critics often argue otherwise, shock is not always a bad thing in a film, especially when the actors are willing to self-deprecate themselves in the process.
Audiences usually dislike when movie stars act smug. They have more money and opportunity than the average person, so it doesn’t seem necessary to flaunt this fact. Not only does “This Is the End” call out the attitudes of smug celebrities, but screenwriter and director Seth Rogen and co-director Evan Goldberg give celebrities harsh punishments as well. The film features a large cast consisting mostly of Judd Apatow alumni, none left unscathed from jokes aimed at them.
There are also glorified cameos by name actors who intentionally and hilariously play against type. In the film’s universe, Michael Cera is a coke-snorting party animal and Channing Tatum appears as a sex slave.
Some have criticized the film for feeling too much like a stand-up act, and lacking a succinct plot. But the reason why “This Is the End” still works is that all the stars don’t hold back on their outrageous behavior. They realize that the more dedicated they are in their self-deprecating humor, the better the film will be.
Zack Grullon is a staff writer. Email him at email@example.com.