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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
    30%

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

    30%

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