Sunday, July 13, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

James Franco won't go away, neither will the Apocalypse

"This Is the End" careens back onto 2,000 theater screens. The crazed June-release comedy starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Emma Watson and Michael Cera just will not die, even if its characters do

James Franco won’t go away, neither will the Apocalypse

This film publicity image released by Columbia Pictures shows, from left, James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel in a scene from "This Is The End."  (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Suzanne Hanover)
This film publicity image released by Columbia Pictures shows, from left, James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel in a scene from "This Is The End." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Suzanne Hanover) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Spurred by big ratings numbers for Comedy Central’s Roast of James Franco show-- and perhaps by an obsession with nice round 9-digit numbers, Sony Pictures is putting This Is the End back into theaters this Friday, re-opening the June 12 release on more than 2,000 screens. With a box office gross of $96.9 million, the apocalyptic comedy is this close to hitting the magic $100 million mark.

Written and directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen and set on a nice balmy night in the Hollywood Hills, the movie finds a whole bunch of actors, comedians, singers and show biz entities behaving like their real-life (well, kind of) selves, heading over to James Franco’s fancy new digs for a housewarming party. Once everybody gets there, and starts getting stoned, something like the Rapture kicks in – the heavens unleash fury, the ground opens up, and Michael Cera is caught in the bathroom having a three-way. The movie skewers the impossibly multitasking Franco in much smarter, cooler ways than that retro Comedy Central roast did, and the cast and cameos are great, including an ax-wielding Emma Watson, a shamelessly narcissistic Jonah Hill, a super-bad Rihanna, and some surprise appearances that are too good to spoil.

End of Days? Well, not yet, anyway. And if they can figure out how to do a sequel, Franco, Rogen and company will probably do it. Sony won't mind.   

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
About this blog
Consider our Movies blog your essential guide to new movies and classics, interviews with filmmakers and stars, news and views on the latest screen trends, reviews and the occasional rant.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected