What's more surprising: that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg thought that could make a movie about assassinating a real world leader and not get into trouble, or that a major international incident was sparked by a pair of filmmakers so goofy and good-natured? The Interview may be a case of too much creative freedom (and too much weed) leading some usually keen comic minds into dangerous and unrewarding territory. But bless these dopes anyway for taking such big swings. It’s only by talking themselves into these kinds of “what the hell” ideas that Rogen and Goldberg come up with movies as weird and inspired as their pre-Interview effort, 2013’s This Is The End. Pivoting off of their own own public image as stoned slobs who hang out with each other all the time, Rogen and his frequent co-stars James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson star in This Is The End as “themselves,” enjoying one last party on what turns out to be the night of the apocalypse. The gags are hit-and-miss, and the movie as a whole wears out its welcome by the end of its 106 minutes. But there’s a lived-in chemistry among the players, and writer-directors Rogen and Goldberg are very savvy about the way they toy with their fans, by giving them what they think they want—a peek behind the curtain of young, funny Hollywood—and then revealing that it’s not always as much fun as it seems from the outside. Plus it’s hard not to like any movie that includes this prayer: “Dear God, it’s me, Jonah Hill, from Moneyball.” This Is The End airs tonight on Encore, at 1:30 a.m. Eastern. Watching it shouldn’t anger any specific nations or dictators.
January 05, 2015 Cable Pick Of The Day