Monday, May 26, 2014

Rapture-Palooza (2013)

Number Rolled: 22
Movie Name/Year: Rapture-Palooza (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Length: 84 minutes
Rating: R
Affiliated Companies: Lionsgate, Mimran Schur Pictures, Mosaic Media Group
Director: Paul Middleditch
Writer: Chris Matheson
Actors: Craig Robinson, Anna Kendrick, John Francis Daley, Rob Corddry, Ana Gasteyer, John Michael Higgins, Calum Worthy, Jesse Camacho, Thomas Lennon, Ken Jeong, Bjorn Yearwood, Adrianna Costa, Mike O’Connell, Darcy Michael, Paul Scheer, Tyler Labine, Rob Huebel, Andrew Fiscella, Ritchie Singer

Lindsey and Ben are a normal young couple, from the looks of it. They enjoy each other’s company and are deeply in love. Even when the rapture leaves them behind during a bowling date, their love cannot be quelled. Locusts, blood rain and rude crows are only the beginning. Eventually, they meet the Beast himself.

If there could be a parody of the already awesome-ridiculous This Is The End, this movie would be it. Rapture-Palooza is a fun and entertaining love story with more sarcasm than a teenage girl forced to go shopping with her mother. It’s even jokingly labeled as a “true story” in the beginning.

The acting is over the top. The script is the crassest and most offensive thing I’ve ever come across (and that’s coming from a rabid Kevin Smith fan). The budget was obviously low. In fact, it’s difficult to find a quality that would redeem this movie to the big critics.

Luckily, I’m not one of them.

This rapture-parody was really entertaining. In the end, that’s what makes a movie. I don’t regret sitting through it and I’m likely to nudge a friend into checking it out. In those ways, it’s successful. It’s nowhere near the level of the aforementioned This Is The End, and I would always choose the Seth Rogen rapture over the Paul Middleditch version. None-the-less, it’s still kind of cute and, if you can get past the highly offensive nature, pretty funny.

I wouldn’t recommend this movie to people sensitive about faith or strong language.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 22%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 31%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 3.7/5
Trust-the-Dice Score3/5

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