The end of the world has become one of the most used topics in cinema history. It has been embedded in pop culture that when people might be ready for it if it really happens in the future. This is the premise of the comedy Rapture-Palooza.
Ben (John Francis Daley) and Lindsey (Anna Kendrick) are newlyweds They are atheists who are left behind during the Rapture. They find their house swarmed by locusts and their sandwich truck struck by a meteor.
Ben’s dad (Rob Corddry) works for the Anti-Christ (Craig Robinson). He takes the couple to a tour of the mansion and this is when Satan’s son first sets his eyes on Lindsey. She starts to court her and threatens to kill everyone she loves. Ben and Lindsey tries their best to outwit the Anti-Christ and in the process disrupt the Rapture.
Rapture-Palooza is a deadpan comedy by director Paul Middleditch. It is written by Chris Matheson, who seems to be inspired by Shaun of the Dead. There are a couple of moments in the movie when he manages to make the absurd delightful.
Rapture-Palooza could have been better if there were less toilet humor or vulgar words. But overall, it is one hilarious movie. Anna Kendrick has proven once again that she is this generation’s next big star. She is the perfect partner to Daley, who has an innocent looking face. Ken Jeong of The Hangover plays a very petty God. The other supporting cast played their parts well. Paul Scheer, Ana Gasteyer and Thomas Lennon contribute to the laughs.
The final act of Rapture-Palooza is where several laugh out loud moments are found. This makes up for the first hour of so-so humor. If the end is as this silly, then we are in for one funny ride.