This Is the End
Based on the 2007 short Seth and Jay Versus the Apocalypse, this is the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the writing team behind Superbad. It’s an apocalyptic comedy featuring a gaggle of A-list stars from the Apatow universe playing exaggerated versions of themselves, including Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson. The six so-called friends become trapped in Franco’s house after a raucous party, just as the apocalypse strikes. While the film occasionally feels like an extended Funny or Die sketch and the final third drags a little, the laughs are fast and furious, highlighted by a hilarious vocal interplay between Franco and McBride about masturbation habits, as well as a number of cameos by the likes of Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Rihanna, and others.