What if a disaster-movie sendup bred with a potty-mouthed Seth Rogen comedy and a James Franco-playing-James Franco Sundance-y experiment? The answer would be Sony's "This Is The End," to the question you may well not have asked.
In the don't-call-it-a-"Pineapple-Express"-sequel from Rogen and creative partner Evan Goldberg, the apocalypse arrives during a party attended by a lot of famous young actors. That allows them to say and do the outrageous things as themselves, or at least as themselves under air quotes.
What do these activities entail? They fight over a Milky Way. They say things like, "We actors pretend to be hard; we soft as baby..." Michael Cera meets a gruesome end. And there are plenty of art-imitating-life jokes, like when Emma Watson shows up as a violent looter and prompts a "Hermione just stole all of our [stuff]" quip.
For Franco-philes, it's also the latest juke step from the man currently on screen in the biggest family-entertainment hit of the year.