A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid the raucous comedy, heavy drinking, and (cartoonish) violence is the underlying message that friendship will see you through even the very worst situations.
Positive Role Models
The five friends may have drifted apart after secondary school, but they remain loyal to each other -- which counts for a lot, despite the fact that their behavior (drinking, swearing, smoking, etc.) isn't always exactly what you'd want teens emulating.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of mostly cartoonish violence, including brutal fights in which arms are twisted, heads are kicked off, and cars explode. But they don't seem as brutal as they are because some of those involved don't bleed red but blue, making the aftermath seem more strange than gory.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief allusions to a sexual encounter in a bathroom; some cleavage and heavy makeouts. Quick glimpse of a man's behind. Sexual references in language.
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Very frequent use of a wide variety of strong language, including "f--k," "c--t," "c--k," "s--t," "piss," "balls," "hell," and more.
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Products & Purchases
Some products/labels are mentioned and shown, especially by characters who seem fairly materialistic or affluent (or both): Nokia, Audi, Foster's Lager, Starbucks, Marlboro, Ford. And Cornetto ice cream makes an appearance, as it has in Pegg and Frost's other films, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Part of the film's premise is five friends going on an elaborate pub crawl that has them downing a pint of beer (and sometimes shots of liquor) at 12 different bars. Also some mention of weed smoking and flashbacks showing teens drinking to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The World's End is an offbeat hybrid that starts out like a buddy comedy and ends up being a whole other kettle of fish. Like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, which were made by the same director and stars, it's irreverent and unpredictable, which makes it truly enjoyable, but its edgy content means it's definitely best for older teens and up. Expect loads of drinking -- the movie is, after all, about an epic pub crawl gone very awry -- and scenes of violence (though they're cartoonish and played for laughs at times) with limbs coming off, explosions, outright melees, and the like. There's lots of swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," and much more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Fabulously fun and wonderfully weird, THE WORLD'S END is a brilliant mash-up of buddy comedies and alien invasion thrillers. What really makes this movie -- which is part of an unofficial trilogy (with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) that takes film genres and turns them on their heads -- work are its unexpected turns, which are at once deft and daft, in the best ways.
It owes its success in no small part to its ensemble, which is led by the fearless and gleefully deranged Pegg, who exudes the smarminess of a man past his prime who clings to the belief that he's not. Still, he remains charismatic, which makes it understandable that his old pals still show up (except perhaps Andy, whose reasons for being angry after all these years make his participation feel off-key). At times, the movie's tone is discordant -- is it funny? poignant? -- and there are bits in the end that veer toward maudlin. (Is it a meditation on alcoholism or friendship?) But all of that said, The World's End is very, very good. And unlike the pub-crawling quintet here, you won't be sorry for drinking in the mayhem.
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