Box art for Rapture-Palooza

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

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

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