Verdict: 2 / 5
End of day films have always highlighted our morbid fascination over our last days, hoping for a dramatic end or pretending that when the world is dead and covered in rubble, we can still all live happily ever after and even still eat take-out.
To say that this movie is borderline offensive to Christians is sugar coating it, it is outright blasphemous. Most Christians can take a good joke, they can laugh at televangelists and Christian extremists being mimicked and showed up, sometimes even agreeing that there is some truth in it, most would utter a nervous laugh and brush it off as an outright insult, but it is doubtful that many even ‘almost Christians’ would take kindly to Jesus being shot off his horse by a laser and God and Satan fighting it out in a hot tub. The season of using Christian prophecy to get a cheap laugh is over and we are all begging for a more creative storyline, even those who don’t really care about the Jesus God thing.
God: You barbecued my son.
Ben House: I panicked. I laser-beamed him. I beamed Jesus. I’m so sorry.
Lindsey (Anna Kendrick) and her boyfriend Ben (John Francis Daley) find themselves left behind after the rapture and begin to adapt to living in a post-apocalyptic world. Ben’s father, Mr House (Rob Corddry) begins to work for the Anti-Christ, AKA the Beast, (Craig Robinson) and tries to convince Ben to come and work for him. On introduction the beast quickly falls in love with Lindsay and begins to pursue her, nay, blackmail her into marrying him. Lindsay and Ben plot to capture the Anti-Christ and prevent the union.
If you are still wondering what a ‘palooza’ is you are probably not American. Fortunately for those of us who are not down with the newest American lingo we can Google search; it turns out that palooza means “an exaggerated event or massive party”. Not sure about the party but it can be said that there are some really great puns and moments in this film, particularly from Mr House, but on the most part it is an unrefined cheap comedy. The beast seems to be short-changed in the lines department, being tasked with keeping sex in every sentence and song. Other than Mr House it has to be said that the animated locust and Tourette syndrome crows got the best lines.
Mr House: There’s no good reason to blow up Chicago. Except for the food, the weather and the people.
This really isn’t an intelligent joke kind of film but if you are game to not take any of it seriously, if you like cheap laughs and raunchy jokes then you’ll enjoy Rapture Palooza.