Bad Boys – ★★★★
When Bill Hicks was asked by his parents why had he to use the “F” word so much because Bob Hope didn’t use the “F” word in his act, he replied “that’s because Bob Hope doesn’t play the shit holes I do”. There is something in that line that pretty much sums us This Is the End. It’s a bawdy, foul-mouthed dick and fart joke laden movie that’s laugh out loud funny with a weirdly religious message in the mix.
Seth Rogen’s friend Jay Baruchel comes to visit for the weekend and Seth’s friend James Franco happens to be throwing a party which the guys head over to. Being an A-list type affair, Franco’s party boasts a lot of talent; Michael Cera, Rihanna, Emma Watson, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson, the list is endless. It just so happens that during the party the Apocalypse decides to gate crash and all hell breaks lose. Literally. In the ensuing twenty minutes most of the population is wiped off the face of the earth and Franco holes up with a few friends in the hope that it’ll all work out in the end.When you put six guys in a confined space over a long period of time tempers will rise, friendships will be tested and topics up for discussion will become weird. One of the funnier segments is a five minute long conversation between Danny McBride and Franco over sticky pages in a porno mag. One would imagine most of this was improvised with each respective actor trying to make the other laugh. The actors are so familiar in each others company having previously worked together on numerous films giving the film a very genuine feel. Like all good comedies there are some actual issues going on in the background. Rogen and Baruchel are trying to come to terms with realising they’ve grown apart as friends and how it’s tough seeing your friends becoming famous while you’re left behind.
There is the whole other theme of how men want to act like children and put off growing up for as long as possible – something which most of these actors have managed to do into their 30s. McBride is the standout performance and it’s good to see him getting more film screen time as those of us who’ve seen “Eastbound and Down” are well aware of his comedic talents. Jonah Hill plays the creepy “lets all be friends” character with ease and Franco just spends most of the film taking the piss out of himself. While for the most part the film is an all male affair, there is a hilarious performance from Emma Watson which no doubt will cause some outrage but this is an adult comedy not looking for approval.
Another element of the film is the religious aspect, the apocalypse has arrived and all are forced to examine the lives they’ve led and whether they really deserved to be saved in the first place. One or two segments of the film could have been shaved in an attempt to get it down to the Holy Grail that is ninety minutes for a comedy, but it’s nowhere near as bloated as any Judd Apatow movie from the last ten years.
While the trailer does say a lot, they’ve managed to keep one or two cameos up their sleeves which will draw some of the biggest gasps. An unashamedly juvenile yet adult comedy, which fulfills the fundamental rule; it makes you laugh.
USA / Directed By: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen / Written By: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen / Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse / 107min / Comedy / Release: 28 June 2013 (Ireland, UK), 12 June 2013 (USA, Canada)