Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says not for kids
Language, drugs, death in very funny doomsday movie.
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?
The good stuff
Positive messages: Despite all the vulgar humor and bad behavior, the movie's point is for characters to learn how to be good. As they discover, simply being "nice" isn't good enough: They must consider others before they consider themselves. At the same time, two old friends learn to talk with each other and renew their failing friendship.
Positive role models: While the characters do eventually learn some worthwhile lessons, none of them are particularly positive role models. They all behave badly and selfishly throughout most of the movie. Moreover, since they're all famous actors playing (versions of) themselves, they may give younger viewers a misleading or unhealthy taste of what "fame" can be like -- i.e. parties, drugs, alcohol, mansions, etc.
What to watch for
Violence: "End of the world"-type violence, including some giant, rampaging monsters, cars crashing, etc. Many characters die. Characters are possessed by demons, crushed, stabbed, impaled, and/or shot. A man's head is ripped off and rolls around on the floor, spilling blood everywhere. Some humans become cannibals, though no flesh-eating is shown. When Emma Watson shows up later in the movie, the men have a talk about trying not to "rape" her, which comes out badly.
Sexy stuff: A porn magazine is briefly shown. A giant sculpture of a penis is shown, and some of the giant computer-generated monsters are shown with penises. Also heavy, constant sex talk and innuendo. A male character slaps a female character's behind in an early scene at a party.
Language: Language is extremely strong and constant -- mainly "f--k," but also "s--t," "c--t," "c--k," "p---y," "prick," "t-tty," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "bastard," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more.
Consumerism: Characters fight over the last Milky Way candy bar in existence, and when they finally eat it, they make breathless "yummy" noises. (It's a great ad.) Several other brand names are mentioned. Since the characters are playing themselves, many of their actual movie titles are mentioned.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: The movie begins at a Hollywood party filled with drugs and alcohol. A character blows cocaine in someone else's face. Two main characters spend a day smoking pot at the beginning of the movie. After the apocalypse, the survivors take inventory, and most of what's left consists of pot and alcohol.