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This Is the End is an action comedy film directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, and written by Rogen, Goldberg and Jason Stone. The film stars James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson as fictional versions of themselves in the aftermath of a global apocalypse.Not to be confused with The World's End.View the Red Band trailer here.
This film contains examples of:
Acoustic License: As usual in movies, even a roaring party is not loud enough to prevent gentle knocking being heard at the front door.
Adam Westing: Pretty much everyone involved plays a (probably) more stupid and mean version of themselves. Especially Michael Cera, who is depicted as an obnoxious, coke-snorting, ass-slapping Jerk Ass.
Adaptation Expansion: A complicated example; this film is a much larger-scale remake of a short film shot by Rogen and Baruchel titled Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse, screened only once at a film festival (or at a private party, depending on who you ask) and never seen again. The only footage of the original publicly released was in the form of a trailer, leading many to believe it was merely a parody instead of an actual film.
Danny McBride: I need you guys to assassinate, Woody Harrelson.
Battle Cry: Craig Robinson as he charges the winged demon, "For the last goddamn time! Take your panties off!"
Big Red Devil: It's more black due to being made from molten rock, but Satan himself is the size of a skyscraper.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Jonah Hill is almost sickeningly polite, particularly to Jay, but later prays to God for Jay to die because he hates him so much.
It's also noticeable earlier during the earthquake when he tries to push Jay into the hole as everybody is running. Also later on when Jonah drops very tiny hints of trying to get Jay to die. Like "accidentally" throwing a knife at Jay's leg instead of simply passing it to him.
Black Comedy: You won't stop laughing at the horrible and graphic ways your favorite stars die.
Black Dude Dies First: Subverted. The scene in which Craig is sent out of the house to get more water plays with expectations of this trope. Everything seems to be going against him: he picks the wrong match, gets sent out alone, everyone seems unconvinced that they'll be able to pull him back in if he's in trouble, the group drop the rope holding him, he can't open the door into the basement, and screams and stares straight behind the camera at what we assume to be a demon no less than three times. Surprisingly, he survives the encounter. In fact, out of the six main characters, Craig is the FIRST person to ascend to Heaven.
Also played straight, in that the first person to die on-camera is the black cashier at the convenience store.
Jonah mentions adopting a dog at the beginning of the party. At the end, the dog shows up in Heaven, with Seth apparently being its new owner.
Seth finds Channing Tatum very attractive. Channing is later seen as Danny's gimp.
Early on Seth mentions how bullies tittyfucked him as a kid. This is played for laughs several times later on, both with the desperate stranger who says he'll do anything if they let him in, and when Jonah gets possessed and threatens to do just that.
In the beginning the guys discuss how dangerous the stairs at Franco's house are as there is no railing. Later, when they're escaping from possessed Jonah, they fall off from the side of the stairs.
James Franco talks about how he should die in the proposed Pineapple Express sequel by sacrificing himself for the others and dying in the most horrible way possible. Enter Danny McBride at the end of the movie.
Danny McBride refuses to believe that the apocalypse has happened, thinking instead that the destruction around him is the result of a wild party. It takes a guy getting his head ripped off by a demon to realize they're telling the truth.
It turns out Jay was right about Jonah Hill not liking him.
Crazy Enough to Work: When Jonah gets possessed, Jay made a makeshift cross out of kitchen tools and started reciting "The power of Christ compels you!" The demon sarcastically mocked him over it while everyone called him out on copying from The Exorcist. But after a while, it actually started working. Even the demon is surprised when it starts working.
Cruel and Unusual Death: No one dies in a pretty fashion, but special mention goes to James Franco, whose hubris narrowly prevents his own rapture, and is subsequently Eaten Alive by Danny McBride, who he hates.
As the Rapture literally swallows people up, Rogen, Franco and their actor buddies (all playing hideously hilarious versions of themselves) hole up in Franco’s Hollywood home, bickering and fighting and ultimately being forced to wonder if they’re even worthy enough to ascend to Heaven.It’s the first studio-backed summer movie where the whole point is to force the characters to ponder what assholes they’ve been.
Duct Tape for Everything: The boys bust out a roll in order to fortify Franco's now severely-damaged mansion (blown-out windows, large cracks in the walls etc).
Dwindling Party: First Danny is exiled by the others, although at the moment, we don't know if he lives or dies. Jonah winds up getting possessed and later incinerated in the fire that destroys James' house. Craig, sacrificing himself, is Raptured to Heaven. Danny returns as the leader of a group of cannibals, who eat James. Seth and Jay are ultimately Raptured as well for confessing what they did wrong, and reunite with Craig.
Jay insists at the beginning of the movie that Jonah Hill hates him. Everyone else tells Jay he's wrong and that Jonah is the nicest guy on Earth. Throughout most of the movie, Jonah acts like a nice guy who wants to be friends with Jay. But in the end, Jonah reveals he really has always hated Jay and wants him to die.
Evil Is Bigger: The Demons are mostly huge, specially Satan himself in the end.
Fluffy Cloud Heaven: The heaven we see at the end of the movie is this, except with marijuana and the Backstreet Boys.
Foreshadowing: Early on, Seth Rogen describes a potential plot for Pineapple Express 2 that ends with Saul (James Franco's character) sacrificing himself to save Dale (Seth's character) from Red (Danny McBride's character), who proceeds to eat Saul. Guess how James dies?
The illustration of Satan in James' Bible - when he shows up for real at the end, he looks just like the drawing.
At the beginning Jay and Seth are watching news on TV about a sinkhole in Guatemala foreshadowing the one that opens near james Franco's house.
The beers being drunk at the party, as seen below. They have the picture of a demon on them.
The beers being consumed during Franco's party are from Stone Brewing Company, known for featuring a horned demon on their bottles similar to the ones the group will encounter. They also make beers with names like Arrogant Bastard and Ruination.
There is a billboard ad for a film called "Ninja Rapist".
Hellish Copter: One goes down right outside of the house, throwing a piece of the propeller inside. Craig gets a minor cut on his finger.
Heroic Sacrifice: Performing such a selfless act actually helps prove that the character is worthy to be taken to heaven.
Craig Robinson distracts a demon so that the group can escape and is taken to heaven.
James Franco distracts a group of cannibals led by Danny McBride so that Jay and Seth can escape. He's about to be taken to heaven like Craig, but mocks Danny over the victory and is left behind to be eaten.
Seth chooses to stay and die so that Jay can ascend to heaven, but his sacrifice earns him a ticket as well.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: James Franco seems to think that he and Seth Rogen are this, but Seth seems a little disturbed by James' devotion to him.
Jay and Seth have this feel, but it's a rocky relationship that was at its end, until the Apocalypse
Hipster: Jay is labeled this by Emma and Craig when he says not really into the L.A. lifestyle. They mention his tightly cuffed pants, possible hatred for movies that are universally loved and his admittance of his hatred of Forrest Gump as proof.
Horrible Hollywood: Literally once the Rapture turns it into hell on earth, but the trope applies even before this; pretty much everyone we meet is an awful, entitled, self-obsessed phony. Not a single person at James Franco's party is raptured into Heaven because everybody there is a bad person.
Hypocrite: Jay insists that he doesn't like the Los Angeles lifestyle, but Danny reveals that Jay has come to Los Angeles before without telling Seth and stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel.
I Warned You: When the earthquake happens, James Franco warned his guests to stay inside as they all ran out. After the survivors ran back inside his house, he screams at them they should have just stayed inside.
It's All About Me: All the celebrities who appear in the film display this to varying degrees with Danny Mc Bride being the most glaring example.
Jerkass: None of the main characters are that great, but Danny McBride is easily the worst.
Michael Cera also deserves some mention.
Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: McBride seemed to be apologetic when the group decided to kick him out. Then he tried to shoot them all with the gun Franco gave him to defend himself.
Karma Houdini: Danny, but since he's last seen still stuck on Earth, which is crawling with demons and covered in hell fire, perhaps he has received a degree of karma.
Karmic Death: Jonah is possessed, later burnt and crushed to death after wishing death upon Jay.
Killed Off for Real: Rihanna, Jason Segel, Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Martin Starr, Kevin Hart, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd, and David Krumholtz early on during the initial disaster. Jonah Hill and James Franco don't survive or make it to Heaven either.
Laser-Guided Karma: James Franco and Jonah Hill for committing the sins of pride and wrath, respectively.
Kevin Hart kicks Aziz Ansari down the sinkhole to his death to avoid falling down it as well, however Ansari's hand comes off in the process due to a cable and gets stuck to Kevin; he ultimately falls down as well trying to shake it off himself.
Vast majority of deaths in the film are this really since it is the Apocalypse; whether or not you go to Heaven is based on your moral merit. Commit something bad, you're likely going to die very soon. Like Michael Cera dying immediately after accusing people of stealing his cell phone and acting like a snob about it. Or the cashier who forced a little kid to buy something in order to use the bathroom. She was the first to die.
Last Name Basis: Many of the actors refer to each other by their last names, particular James Franco who is almost exclusively called Franco throughout the film.
Laughably Evil: Danny McBride has shades of this, especially after his Face-Heel Turn. Some of the comments from Possessed!Jonah aren't far behind as well.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: If Seth had picked maybe a better time than in the middle of an exorcism to call Jay out on their strained and failing friendship, Jonah would have probably lived and their only shelter wouldn't have gone up in flames.
Not So Above It All: Jay really didn't like any of the celebrities at Franco's party. But when giving his apocalypse theory, Franco pointed out that he hadn't been Raptured either, meaning he was also an asshole like them. At the climax, he admitted that he was self-righteous and that he didn't like the person he became so he took it out on Seth.
Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: When Emma Watson is the only female in the house, the cast discusses making sure that she's comfortable and doesn't feel like she's in danger from them. However, since she's in the next room, she can make out half the conversation so she thinks that they're discussing who gets to rape her. This leads to her violently leaving the house.
Poor Communication Kills: During a conversation about making Emma Watson feel more comfortable in a house filled with men, she only heard a part of the conversation and thought that they were planning to rape her. As a result, she robbed them of their drinks and ran off. Her fate is never shown.
The conversation that the group has about Emma Watson. The guys are not talking about raping Emma, but about how they don't want her to feel threatened by the presence of six men staying in a house with her. Unfortunately for them, Emma hears only a bit of the conversation and reacts accordingly.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Danny gives one to each actor in the house concerning their acting abilities, except Jay, who Danny then reveals that he knew that Jay, who claims to hate being in L.A. and its lifestyle, two months before the events of the film, relaxing at the Four Seasons, calling him out as the biggest hypocrite of the group.
Reckless Gun Usage: James Franco and Jonah Hill both toss around, idly gesture with and generally mishandle what Franco has established is a fully loaded gun. The others are understandably grossly perturbed by this. Subverted in that Franco knew the gun was filled with blanks. Doubly subverted because even blanks can permanently injure or kill you, especially at point blank range.
Red Herring: At first, Jonah Hill's mention of his LBS (Low Blood Sugar) would come into play but it never does. When Hill has a seizure, Seth and James make the assumption that its one of these, but he's actually being possessed by a demon.
Self-Deprecation: The whole movie paints Hollywood celebs as a bunch of vain, self-centered idiots, and was made by Hollywood celebs. Best exemplified when the Rapture happens and no one at James Franco's party notices because no one there gets Raptured.
Trailers Always Lie: The first trailers imply that that the apocalypse was started by aliens, with the beams of light from the sky teleporting people up and an ambiguously reptilian possibly alien creature that is seen once. It's actually more biblical in scale
Trailers Always Spoil: The deaths of Jason Segel, Aziz Ansari, Rihanna, David Krumholtz, and Michael Cera are shown in the second Red Band trailer though none of these are major plot points.
Jonah Hill getting possessed was shown in later television commercials, and that was a major plot point because it marks the point when things go From Bad to Worse.
Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Happens towards the end when James Franco chooses to sacrifice himself so Seth and Jay could escape from Danny and his band of cannibals, knowing he'll be raptured. And it actually starts to work!... Till he makes the mistake of flipping off and calling Danny's group every vulgar thing in the book, resulting in his rapture being canceled and his death. Then Seth and Jay discuss how a "sore winner" is hard to redeem.
Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In one scene a demon-possessed Jonah Hill pukes black bile all over Seth Rogen and James Franco.
Vulgar Humor: A few accounts of it, such as a long argument regarding Danny's ejaculation.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Emma Watson's fate is unknown, as is Paul Rudd's, who was last seen running off in horror when the sinkhole appeared, with a bottle of champagne after stepping on and crushing a woman's head by mistake.