Hoping to dodge the speeding bullet that is “Man of Steel” on Friday, Universal is releasing “This Is The End” today. It’s worth a look to see Hollywood stars laugh through the Apocalypse -- and, even better, laugh at themselves.
Writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (“Superbad”) make their directing debut in this comedy, which stars Rogen as a variation of himself, welcoming his best friend Jay Baruchel (also playing himself) for a visit to L.A. Jay doesn’t like L.A., or the Hollywood phonies Seth wants to hang out with -- so he’s not thrilled when Seth drags him to a party at James Franco’s house.
He’s even less thrilled when it appears the Rapture is happening around them, and six survivors -- Jay, Seth, Rogen, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride -- hole up in Franco’s concrete fortress of a house.
It’s funny, raunchy and has a surprisingly sweet center.