The new 'Rapturepalooza' trailer seals the deal: 2013 is the year of the apocalyptic comedy. For whatever reason, the next few months will see the theatrical release of three comedies about people trying to survive as the world crumbles around them. When, exactly, does a high concept stop being unique?
Unfortunately, the trailer (the second, following a NSFW version) for 'Rapturepalooza' paints a film that doesn't look as funny as 'This is the End' or as clever as 'The World's End.' In fact, if not for the presence of the ever-delightful Anna Kendrick, it would look downright awful. Despite a handful of vaguely amusing gags, the trailer seems to be cut from the same cloth as junk like 'Date Movie.' It looks crass, loud and overly reliant on "unexpected" celebrity cameos. Ken Jeong as God? Really?
Anyway, here's the official synopsis, which sells the film far better than the trailer. Hopefully, this is a case where the finished movie is nothing like the marketing.
When the Apocalypse actually happens and a billion people are raptured up to heaven, Lindsey (Kendrick) and her boyfriend Ben (John Francis Daley) are left behind in suburban Seattle. The young couple try their best to lead a normal life surrounded by talking locusts, blood rain showers, and pot-smoking wraiths. But when the Anti-Christ (Craig Robinson) makes his home base in their neighborhood, Lindsey finds herself the object of his affection. With the help of her family, friends, and a lawn-mowing zombie neighbor, the young couple set off to stop the Anti-Christ from taking her as his bride… and just maybe, saving the world in the process.
Ms. Kendrick is lucky that 'Pitch Perfect 2' is on the way, because it looks like we'll need to re-learn to love her again after this one. 'Rapture-Palooza' will hit theaters on June 7th, where it'll probably vanish into the cracks of this very busy summer.