Finally, a movie that both godless hedonists and fundamentalist Bible-thumpers can get behind! “This Is the End,” a comedy in which the apocalypse comes to Hollywood and takes most of the A-list with it, sends up the new rules of celebrity engagement.
There’s a party at James Franco’s house, and Franco’s playing himself — as are Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Rihanna, and many other names. Then the earth opens up, the Hollywood Hills burst into flame, and the end times are upon us. (Sadly, we don’t get to see what happens to the agents.) The opening scenes are inspired, but then the movie still has an hour and a half of crass, patchy, occasionally hilarious farce to go. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.