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When the Apocalypse actually happens and a billion people are raptured up to heaven, Lindsey and her boyfriend Ben are left behind in suburban Seattle.

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PAUSE for kids age 16
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Judgment day comedy is low on laughs, high on raunchy jokes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rapture-Palooza is an edgy comedy that depicts what life would be like if the evangelical Christian idea of the rapture took place. Viewers of faith may be offended by the movie's religious jokes and the manner in which Satan, God, and Jesus are portrayed (and ultimately killed, leaving nonbelievers to live in peace). The Anti-Christ (played by The Office's Craig Robinson) makes nearly nonstop overt sexual references, especially once he discovers that another character is a young virgin. The sexual comments are extremely raunchy and explicitly allude to positions, genitals, pubic hair, oral sex, and a host of other graphic descriptions. The violence is intended humorously and includes burning rocks, nuclear weapons, and a zombie virus destroying or turning millions of people. The language is incessant (loads of "f--k," "a--hole," "s--t"), and marijuana use is rampant.

what families can talk about

  • Families can discuss whether it's ever OK to make fun of people's beliefs. Considering that many Christians believe in God, the Bible, and the second coming, is Rapture-Palooza offensive? Why or why not?
  • What's the movie's ultimate message? Is it that the world is better off without Christians and God? How does the world change once the believers are raptured and God, Satan, and Jesus are killed?
  • How does this comedy compare to other movies that depict supernatural beings of faith, like Dogma or Bruce Almighty?

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Fresh: Matheson's script focuses its energy on small, wickedly funny gags, half of which Robinson seems to have sputtered out as improv.

- Amy Nicholson, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, June 6, 2013

Audience Reviews

1 star

This movie was completely crude and inappropriate. The cast was an interesting mix, but the vulgarity combined with the theme of the movie left a lot to be desired.

- Hamee, Sunday, September 29, 2013

3 stars

Rapture-Palooza (also known as Ecstasy) is a fantasy-comedy which is only for a specific type of audience! Others will probably hate it - that is simple truth and warning for everyone who cannot find movies like Shaun of the Dead, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or similar to be hilarious! Written by Chris Matheson and directed by Paul Middleditch it combines goofiness, gags and sarcasm into an unusual comedy which succeeded to make me laugh until the end. The film stars Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley as a young couple who battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist. The sarcastic part was perfect for Anna Kedrick's lacks of experience in this type of comedy where things do not go as predicted. The film also stars Craig Robinson, Ken Jeong, Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Tyler Labine, Paul Scheer, Calum Worthy and Ana Gasteyer. Some of them were shiny others could do much better... we could blame here the focus of the director on raunchy R-rated jokes which sometimes could make you plead for more satire instead - it was a perfect opportunity for those actors who did not fit well, and it was missed. However, some of the crazy stuff in the screenplay (like killing Christ on the white horse with a laser while coming to save the Earth to kill the Anti-Christ) was unique and will make you laugh and remember those scenes. Some material did not work, other did - that is the main reason why I gave such a low but positive rating. But, maybe you will be in a group of fans who will count this film as a classic from suburban Seattle while talking locusts, blood rain showers, and pot-smoking zombies live under the rule of a sex-obsessed Anti-Christ who cannot be killed... and will rate this much, much higher!?

- panta2, Wednesday, November 6, 2013

3 stars

A brilliant idea but very poorly produced. The budget is low but what they do with it is impressive, the special effects are very good but not unnecessary or overdone (which they could have been). The idea is so clever though, it is such a shame they couldn't have polished up the script a little better. I loved the characters; the Mum who gets kicked out of heaven for arguing in the queue, the atheists who just carry on among the blood rain and meteors, the demons who are left behind who turn to drugs, the talking locusts, it's all very dry and witty. Only the Craig Robinson scenes are overlong and a bit too heavy handed. I like the way that atheists are portrayed as well, after all, this is for them. As one myself, I very much appreciated it. You have the atheists who have thought about it and don't believe and then you have the people who just haven't given it any real thought, there is a huge difference. The argument with God and the Antichrist is brilliant because it's not over done or nonsensical, it visualises God's word and the scriptures and shows it for the ridiculous idea that it is without having to poke fun at it. If you believe it is offensive and ridiculous I suggest you re-read the bible. Anyway, belief aside, it's a great idea but like I said, not brilliantly produced with a notable lull in the middle. Worth it though if the idea appeals.

- SirPant, Monday, November 25, 2013