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Bettie's Box Office: This Is The End Review

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:06 PM CDT

We all know that movie stars live in their own little bubble in the Hollywood Hills, so what if that bubble turned into Ground Zero for the Apocalypse? That's pretty much the entire story line for This is the End, a raunchy, raucous dark comedy in the same vein as The Hangover and Shawn of the Dead.

Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson play the roles of Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson. That's one of the things that makes this comedy so appealing: all of the celebrity A and B listers play quasi-realistic versions of themselves in the movie (and not in very flattering ways). Surprise cameo appearances pop up through the entire movie. Who knew that Emma Watson (Hermione from Harry Potter) could have such a foul mouth and such great comic timing?

The core cast members find themselves holed up after a party in James Franco's house while everything else goes to hell -- literally. It's not too hard to believe how they each would alternate between bonding and scheming. The dialogue is hilarious; I may have to see it again just to catch the lines that were drowned out by the audience's laughter. And if you weren't already a fan of Danny McBride (from HBO's Eastbound & Down), you probably will be after seeing him here. He takes control of the film from the moment he first appears and delivers a terrific comic performance.

This is the End is raunchy, disgusting, offensive, and one of the best comedy movies that's come out so far this year. You'd better see it soon -- everyone's going to be talking about it and ruining the surprises.

It opens June 12 and is rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence. This is definitely not a kids' movie.

By Bettie CrossBettie's Box Office: This Is The End Review

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