After 15 minutes of a Hollywood stoner party, it really seemed as if it were the end. But then there is a huge earthquake, a vast chasm in front of a mansion and some of the guests fall in and descend into Hell.
The film is a Hollywood in-joke. It is very much an exercise in self-indulgence as well as self-promotion for its stars. It was written and directed by comedian Seth Rogen and his writing counterpart for several films, including Superbad, Evan Goldberg. The film opens with Seth Rogen as himself, or a chosen version of himself, meeting Jay Baruchel at LA airport.
They hang out for a while together and then go to a party at James Franco’s house, Franco also playing himself or a version of himself. Amongst the many guests are Jonah hill, Craig Robinson and, for a while, Michael Cera playing a crude version of what he might want to be (or thought of) before he is impaled on his way to Hell. Of all people, Emma Watson turns up, certainly in different company from that which she is used to.
Most of the film is interaction between the five survivors as well as Danny McBride, who also turns up uninvited. Not one of this reviewer’s favourite actors (see/don’t see Your Highness, Thirty Seconds or Less), but with his blunt saying what he thought and acting it out, he seemed to be the funniest of the group. There are many references to the films all of the leading players have made as well as to other movies. This is slightly amusing for those who know the actors.
There is a paraphrase of themes from the Book of Revelation, some discussion about heaven and hell and the presence of God, some attempts of hope of the end for people to be their better selves and experience the rapture. Fans of the stars will inevitably be filled with rapture. The rest of us will remain stranded on earth - Peter Malone, ACOFB
Starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, amd Jason Segel. Directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. 107 minutes. Rated MA 15+ (Strong crude humour, coarse language, sexual references, comedic violence, nudity and drug use).