Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Danny McBride gave us a new marijuana strain name in their bro-bonding “stoner movie” Pineapple Express.
Now they’ve teamed up with Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Rihanna, Emma Watson, Kevin Hart, Michael Cera, Craig Robinson, and a team of cinematographic wizards to give us This Is the End…this summer’s must-see stoner movie.
Any amount of plot information on This Is the End can ruin the fun for you.
Here’s an uber-spoiler alert: this article you’re reading right now will not spoil the movie’s important elements of surprise and shock—but I advise you to deliberately avoid reading other articles about this movie, watching video reports on it, or listening to friends talk about this incredible, crazy film.
A huge part of the fun of This Is the End comes when you go see it without knowing anything about the film’s plot or details.
My friends and I deliberately avoided all knowledge about the film.
Vaping Chernobyl Haze in the parking lot, floating to our seats, having no idea what the movie was about other than Rogen, Franco, McBride and all the other Hollywood insiders, comedians, actors, musicians, and celebs play themselves.
And the movie hit us like a dab hit because we had no idea what we were going to experience.
This Is the End is not as much of a marijuana-focused movie as Pineapple Express, or a Cheech and Chong movie, but you’ll see plenty of real marijuana, and some other fun drugs as well.
What you also see is “marijuana consciousness” on full display.
What’s marijuana consciousness?
In Rogen-world, it’s a mixture of Bob Marley’s Irie “One Love” vibe mixed with elements of snark, hippie, New Age, conspiracy theories, bromance, and coming of age influences.
The soundtrack rocks, the performances are hilarious and intense (especially McBride, Franco, and Hill), the party scene is to die for (literally) and the editing, cinematography, and digital tricks are awesome eye candy that will knock you back in your seat.
What I’m saying is This Is the End has more going on than just the usual laughs and clever gags you expect from Seth Rogen and his sky-high crew.
This movie has a serious message to go along with the fun.
Laughing and wide-eyed, my crew left the theater talking about the movie’s spiritual, metaphorical, symbolic, and cultural meanings.
In other words, for a movie that you go into expecting to see Rogen’s version of a Cheech and Chong act, you get a lot more than that.
Of course, Seth Rogen is a publicly-out marijuana smoker and advocate.
He’s in the ranks of Woody Harrelson, Cheech and Chong, Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion, depending on what day it is), and other Hollywood celebs who’ve made marijuana part of their persona.
Which is kind of funny, because co-star James Franco (the Spring Breakers star who’s a student at Yale, a poet, a pilot, and a college professor) doesn’t get high at all in real life.
He’s just not into marijuana. Why? Because he was stoned when he got into a terrible car accident at age 17, is how he explains it.
We can tiptoe towards spoiler territory by advising you that This Is the End is not “Pineapple Express 2.”
In fact, the boys discuss a possible plot for Pineapple Express 2 in This Is the End, and it’s a rockin’ idea.
I hope they get to make that second Pineapple movie.
As a marijuana grower who uses Advanced Nutrients, it was cool to see Advanced Nutrients products in Pineapple Express.
It’s best to see This Is the End in a high-end movie theater known for superb surround sound and the highest level of projection quality.
Be stoned, very stoned on a strain that gives you Sativa mind stimulation.
Stock up on munchies and beverages, although the non-stop action might make you forget to finish your popcorn.
And pump yourself up ahead of time by watching the videos embedded in this article (including the one of incredible Seth Rogen doing stand-up comedy…at age 13!)
Rogen, Franco, McBride and all the other Hollywood A-listers in this film take marijuana movies to the next level in an entertaining, funny, totally unexpected way.
That’s all I can say about it without spoiling the surprise elements that made This Is the End so trippy and fun for me and my friends.
Go see it high, and support Seth Rogen and Hollywood’s Hollyweed actors!