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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%
    reviews counted: 1
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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

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A lot funnier than I thought it would be. Anna Kendrick was just spoke her mind and was not bullshit, but so dry about it, it made it even funnier. Not for everyone, but honestly it is recommended if you liked Dogma.

- helwigs, Thursday, May 22, 2014

1 star

I felt like this movie was one giant improv scene for Craig Robinson and some of the other notable comedians, but Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley struggled to keep up. With so many end of the world films coming out this summer, it seemed like the thing to jump in on before they became too stale. Unfortunately, Rapture-Palooza is too late and too underfunded. Robinson is too over the top. I love Rob Corddry, but he's not given enough to do with a ridiculous mustache. I laughed a few times, but focus was lost early and often.

- fb1544220109, Tuesday, September 17, 2013

3 stars

A match made in hell. Good comedy! Let me start off by saying there's no need to go see this in the theater. It's Netflix material, for a rainy day or when you want something light and entertaining. "Rapture-Palooza" is the type of comedy that might not be suitable for just anyone. Especially if you are a devout religious fanatic. "Rapture-Palooza" takes on the rapture and biblical issues with a sarcastic and hilarious glove and just slaps it around. The movie was just fun and I constantly found myself laughing out loud despite the lack of complexity in the humor. Two teens battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist.

- MANUGINO, Tuesday, November 5, 2013