You need to watch the most realistic apocalypse movie of the century on Netflix as soon as possible

What would you do if the world was ending? In most movies set during an apocalypse, the protagonist embarks on an adventure to save the world or reconnect with a loved one. In reality, you’ll probably stay home, eat as much ice cream as possible, re-watch your favorite TV show, and wait for the end. So when a movie manages to capture the reality of the apocalypse experience, it’s incredibly refreshing. And when it also features the cast of some of your favorite TV shows, well, that’s even better.

Released in 2013 and streaming from this Friday on Netflix, This is the end tells the story of a bunch of celebrities (played by themselves) who find themselves stuck in James Franco’s Hollywood mansion at the end of days. If you’ve never seen it before, it’s finally time to fix that mistake. And even if you’ve seen it a dozen times, it’s worth revisiting. That’s why.

The plot of This is the end it’s brutally simple. After Seth Rogen drags his friend Jay Baruchel to a fancy party in Los Angeles, the Rapture occurs and all the good people on Earth levitate straight to heaven, leaving the sinners to repent or perish. Of course, none of the celebrities at Franco’s party are impressed, and the crowd doesn’t even realize anything is wrong until a giant hole to hell opens up in the front yard.

In one particularly chaotic scene, big celebrities like Rihanna, Aziz Ansari, and Michael Cera are sacrificed early on to emphasize the seriousness of the situation. When the dust settles, an impressive team is left behind:

  • Seth RogenFreaks and geeks
  • James FrancoFreaks and geeks
  • Jay BaruchelUndeclared (Judd Apatow’s sequel to Freaks and geeks)
  • Craig RobinsonThe office
  • Danny McBrideEast and down
  • Jonah Hill — the only one who didn’t get his start on TV and who hilariously plays opposite the character as a pretentious version of himself

The stars of This is the end play enhanced versions of themselves.Columbia Pictures

This is the end is far from underrated. It has a solid score of 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and made back its $32 million budget in its opening weekend alone. But as many critics have noted, it’s also pretty devoid of anything resembling a plot. Most of the movie is just the dudes mentioned above stuck in a house together doing drugs and making a zero budget movie Pineapple Express continuation.

When they finally leave the house, the film moves quickly through some fun twists and turns before coming to a rushed end. But in the end, none of that matters. What you will remember This is the end is the joy of just watching this ensemble hang out and argue over candy and rattles.

“It seemed to be an idea that really resonated with people for some strange reason,” said Rogen, who wrote and co-directed the film with Evan Goldberg. Entertainment Weekly in 2013. “Just the idea of ​​guys stuck in one house if the world ends.”

Michael Cera has a brief but memorable role in the film.Columbia Pictures

Rogen and Goldberg also take the concept of Rapture and develop it in new directions. Or, as Rogan puts it in the same interview: “We definitely twisted it a little bit.”

“Nobody receives Jesus into their heart to be redeemed,” he said. “It’s more about self-redemption, which is not what Christians really believe in, for the most part… Movies are always about redemption, so when you find a mechanism that has that as one of the built-in triggers, it was really nice from a writing standpoint.”

Jonah Hill is possessed.Columbia Pictures

Still, This is the end takes the apocalypse surprisingly seriously. The CGI is impressive and downright scary at times. For Rogen, this only adds to the comedy.

“As we got closer to the apocalypse, we found that the more seriously we took it, the funnier the movie was. In a weird way, there was an equation that the less comedic you are about certain things, the more comedic the whole movie is going to be, you know?’

After all, Rogen is right. This is the end is funny, in part because of how seriously it takes the apocalypse while treating the cast like one big joke. At the same time, it may be the most realistic film about how we would behave if the world really did end. Because it wouldn’t be pretty, but in retrospect, it probably would have been pretty fun.

This is the end now streaming on Netflix.

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