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Rapture-Palooza

comedy


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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    22%
  • Audience Score
    29%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    22%
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  • Audience

    29%

Top Critic Reviews

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

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