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6 Movies like This is the End: An Apocalypse of Fun

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tom_cropperThis is the End is a real one of a kind movie, but that’s not to say there aren’t a few out there which you’ll also like.~ Tom Cropper

End of Days

“The end of the world comes to tinseltown”

Hollywood has delivered more movies about Armageddon than you can possibly shake a stick at, so if any genre was ripe for spoofing, it’s this one.Here we have a lot of movie stars playing themselves and showing us how they would approach the end of the world.Written by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg we see the two friends attending a party at James Franco’s house. On the one hand we have Seth and on the other Jay – his old friend and slightly less successful actor.However all professional jealousy is put to one side as the end of the world arrive, the chosen ones ascend and the rest of them must dodge the unfolding apocalypse as best they can. So, if you’re looking for other movies like This is the End, what’s out there?
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Films Similar to This is the End

‘Zombieland’ (Ruben Fleischer, 2009)

“Nut up or shut up”

This comic riff on the Zombie movie as plenty of things going for it. You’ve got an awkward geek, Jessie Eisenberg, forming an odd couple match with Woody Harleson whose has two motivations in life – killing Zombies and finding the world’s last surviving Twinkie bar.

However, the film goes onto another dimension altogether thanks to an inspired cameo from Bill Murray.

Have a look at this article if you want to watch some great movies like ‘Zombieland’.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 90%
Zombies, chainsaws and Bill Murray to boot – what’s not to love?

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`Shaun of the Dead’ (Edgar Wright, 2004)

“A romantic comedy, with zombies”

Here’s how us Brits would handle the apocalypse – we’ll find a pub and wait for it all to die down. Simon Pegg teams up with Nick Frost to battle zombies, heal his relationship with his step Dad and get his girlfriend back all at the same time.

Somehow this manages to achieve the double whammy of being funny, while pretty frightening at the same time. The scene where they’re beating a Zombie to death to the tune of Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop me Now’ is something to be treasured.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 70%
If you’ve always thought that a romantic comedy could do with more zombies, then this could be the film for you.

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`Paul’ (Greg Mottola, 2011)

“Fugitive, celebrity, slacker, joker, alien.”

What Simon Pegg is to British audiences, Seth Rogan is in the USA so it was perhaps inevitable that they would team up at some point.

Here we have Seth Rogan as the wise cracking alien Paul who’s trying to escape from Area 51. To help him out he enlists the help of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – two comic book geeks trying to find some aliens.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 60%
The same wry and sharp humour together with another take on an old science fiction staple.

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`Superbad’ (Greg Mottola, 2007)

“Tonight is our last party as high school people”

A slight change of pace, but the same people and the same humour.

Here we see the team that brought you This is the End in the film that made their name. Superbad sees to high school students on the point of making the break for college. They’re about to go to their final party of high school and they’re determined to do one thing before they go – have sex with a real girl.

If this is what they were like at school then The World’s End is what happens if the kids of Superbad (find some similar films here!) get famous.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 50%
A gross out high school comedy, but with so much more to offer – some iconic characters created and a few careers made.

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If You like This Is the End You Will Also like…

This is the End is not quite your average kind of movie. It’s the end of the world and the stars are playing extremely unpleasant versions of themselves – or at least we hope we are.

However, there are others will appeal to that same base kind of humour. Here are a few other similar movies to This is the End.

‘The World’s End’ (Edgar Wright, 2013)

“One night, six friends, 12 pubs. Total annihilation”

If for no other reason than because I keep getting the names mixed up. Here Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are united again as middle aged friends attempting to relive a famous pub crawl of their youth.

As if that’s not a big enough challenge, they find the town’s been invaded by a bunch of body snatching aliens. Last orders anybody?

SIMILARITY MATCH: 80%
The final instalment of his so called ‘Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy’ sees the duo go out with a bang, although it’s unlikely they’ll be apart for long.

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`Dogma’ (Kevin Smith, 1999)

“Two fallen Angels have found a loophole that will get them back into heaven.”

Kevin Smith was doing stoner comedy long before Seth Rogan ever thought of it and here he is mixing it with religion and Armageddon.

Here, the lord God almighty has gone missing after taking a holiday on Earth. It’s up to a couple of stoners and some heavenly helpers to stop all hell breaking loose.

It was deemed too controversial for some at the time, but these days it seems rather tame.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 80%
Kevin Smith shows that anything Seth Rogan does has already been done before.

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How Would You Greet the End of the World?

So if the end of the world were to knock on our door what would you do?These are our suggestions, but you may have many more.If so, feel free to add them in the comments section at the bottom.

 

These days Tom Cropper is normally found writing about money and ethical issues and finance for people like Go Compare and the Guardian. However, he started his career many years ago writing about film for a small and sadly defunct indie paper called the Soho Independent. Since then he’s written for various movie websites and, when he’s not trying to explain the nuances of insurance to people spends his time trying to dig out obscure movies from far flung parts of the world.
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