What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that This Is the End is a comedy about the end of the world, focusing on a group of popular comedy actors (Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, and many more) who try to survive inside a Hollywood mansion as fire ravages the land and giant monsters stalk outside. There's extreme language, with constant uses of "f--k" and just about every other word under the sun, as well as some gory violence, including fighting and killing. The party that begins the movie has heavy drug and alcohol use, and a porn magazine is briefly shown, as well as some penises on computer-generated monsters. Sexual talk/innuendo is frequent and strong. And there's some consumerism, too, with several brand names mentioned, most prominently a Milky Way candy bar. All of that said, for older teens and adults, the movie is very funny and has themes of redemption and friendship running underneath the crude, over-the-top stuff.
- Families can talk about This Is the End's apocalyptic violence. How does it affect the movie's flow and tone?
- How does the movie portray drinking and drug use? Are there any real-life consequences?
- Is the movie scary? Are the monsters scary? What about the end of the world?
- How close do you believe these characters are to the real-life actors? Why do you think they all opted to play versions of themselves?
- Why are there so many movies about the end of the world? What makes that topic interesting and/or relevant?