Jonah Hill isn't worried -- at first.
Even with reports of a 9.7 earthquake, people falling into sinkholes to the center of the Earth and Los Angeles in flames, the "Moneyball" actor figures rescuers will get the stars such as George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and himself out of harm's way.
But those Oscar winners are nowhere in sight, and no one's coming as he tries to ride out the apocalypse at James Franco's house in the comedy "This Is the End," opening in theaters today.
3 stars = Good
Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride.
R for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence.
A party ended in widespread death and destruction with Mr. Franco, Mr. Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride holed up, trying to split food, booze, water, drugs, one porn magazine and a single Milky Way bar, and figure out if Mr. Baruchel is right. When he went out for cigarettes, he saw signs of the rapture and thinks Judgment Day is at hand.
What? You don't think this sounds very funny?
Well, the actors all play exaggerated versions of themselves and lots of famous faces -- such as Emma Watson, Rihanna, Jason Segel, Mindy Kaling and, caught literally with his pants down, Michael Cera -- pop up at the party before the Book of Revelation is invoked.
A little of Mr. McBride goes a long way, as a crass, tiresome bit about his use and abuse of that magazine proves. But "This Is the End" manages to be outrageously original and to draw on familiar motifs as when a character becomes possessed by a demon in "Exorcist" fashion.
The fun comes as the men show their true colors, or what audiences think are their true colors, or fissures in their friendships although the action turns increasingly serious and then downright silly.
Vancouver pals and writing partners Mr. Rogen and Evan Goldberg ("Superbad," "Pineapple Express") make their directing debut with "This Is the End" as they explore the idea of six famous people in a barricaded house and whether any of them deserve to be saved. Or Saved.
With its R rating for crude and sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language, drug use and some violence, do not mistake "This Is the End" for some cable Bible series with Roma Downey.
Mr. Rogen does say with astonishment, "Who [expletive] saw that coming? That there's actually a God." But leave it to Mr. Franco, the most well-educated, erudite one of the bunch, to come up with a way to explain the Holy Trinity: Neapolitan ice cream.
By the way, no star's swanky home was harmed in the making of the movie. Mr. Franco's house was really a soundstage in New Orleans.