This is the End
This year’s summer batch of stoner friendly movies isn’t a very long list, but that doesn’t mean the list is weak in any way. We’ll skip the obvious eye-candy entries like Man of Steel, the new Star Trek, Generation Z, etc., and instead let’s start and end with, well, This is The End, based on the short film Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the dynamic duo behind Superbad and Pineapple Express, have done what they do best: make irreverent coming of age comedies. Except this time, they’re using almost every actor with whom they’ve become friends and starred with in all of their films. This is The End, as the name suggests, is an apocalyptic comedy/horror that takes place at James Franco’s party. That’s no typo, this large scale movie with a very large cast has all of the main characters playing themselves. And we all know that if Seth Rogen is playing himself he’ll be armed with a sack of weed and an annoying laugh.
Here’s some of the star billing: James Franco, Johah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin’ in the house!), Rihanna (hmm), Martin Starr, Paul Rudd, Channing Tatum, Kevin Hart, and Aziz Ansari. And they all play themselves.
If you happen to live in a small town, you may have to travel to The Big Bad City to see it on the silver screen, or you can be patient and wait for the DVD release. As with Pineapple Express, it may be best to wait so you can watch and bake for the first viewing in the comfort of your own buzz. While this movie will not get any Oscar nods, it will get some big belly laughs and should have a decent shelf life, which is to say, if watched in the “proper-stoner” movie state of mind, it should still be funny for at least another three or four screenings. When it comes to summer movies, short-term memory isn’t a bad thing.