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By Kristy Puchko 2013-06-21 05:56:43discussion comments
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This is The End
During a celeb-stuffed party at James Franco's house, the apocalypse descends. After sinkholes and unexplainable mayhem lay waste to most of the partygoers, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson flee back with Franco into his obnoxious home to try to escape the end of the world. Dark humor and self-parody unfold. Michael Cera, Emma Watson, and Mindy Kaling co-star. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen direct. Read our review here.

The key to self-parody is essentially this: figure out what your public persona is, then either flip it totally on its head, or amp it up to 11. The stars of This is The End manage this with outrageous jokes and visual gags that can't be unseen. Basically, they are in good company with the self-mocking stars below.

Being John Malkovich (1999) Perhaps the most perfect example of an actor poking fun at their own persona, John Malkovich co-stars in this twisted dark comedy about love and identity, not only playing himself as a pompous performer but also playing versions of himself as overtaken by puppeteers who've invaded his brain. And then of course there's the scene where he plays absolutely every role. John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener co-star. Spike Jonze directs.

The Trip (2010) Following their ego-free self-parody in the heady 2005 comedy Tristram Shandy, Brit wits Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reteam for this "documentary" that follows the pair of frenemies on a trip across England on which they dine on gourmet cuisine and relentlessly compete for attention and laughs. Michael Winterbottom directs.

Happy Gilmore (1996) For something as gleefully mindless and goofy as This Is The End, revisit this early Adam Sandler vehicle. Sure, the plot revolves around a failed hockey player's hijinks-studded efforts to get into the pro-golf circuit. But one of the film's most memorable moments is when Price is Right's legendary host and animal enthusiast Bob Barker gets into a brawl with the cocky golfer. Julie Bowen co-stars; Dennis Dugan directs.
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