The World's End



Fantastically funny, weird film has violence, alcohol, more.
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  • Review Date: August 18, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 109 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.


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.


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.


Very frequent use of a wide variety of strong language, including "f--k," "c--t," "c--k," "s--t," "piss," "balls," "hell," and more.


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.

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.

What's the story?

Gary King (Simon Pegg) was once the king of his fivesome, cool and mysterious in his black overcoat and shades and enticing his friends into a mile-long pub crawl ... but they stopped three short of the record dozen. Decades later, stuck in the past, broken but not defeated, Gary is determined to go for the dirty dozen once more. But first he must persuade his old pals -- the now buff-and-successful developer, Steven (Paddy Considine); the still mild-mannered car salesman, Peter (Eddie Marsan); the man-on-the-go estate agent, Oliver (Martin Freeman); and Gary's old-best-friend-turned-lawyer-who-now-hates-him, Andy (Nick Frost) -- to join him. And even if they do, the road to The World's End, the last of the 12 bars, will prove to be paved with otherworldly, violent intrusions.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the role that drinking plays in The World's End. What part does it play in the quintet's friendship? Is it glamorized at all?

  • What is the movie saying about friendship? And about alcoholism (or any kind of dependency), for that matter?

  • Why do you think the five friends lost touch? Is it normal for friendships to dissipate over time, or are there other factors at play in the movie?

  • Why do you think Gary is bent on going on the pub crawl? Is it his last hurrah? An act of desperation? A yearning for happier times? Is it believable that his old friends would come along?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 23, 2013
DVD release date:November 19, 2013
Cast:Martin Freeman, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg
Director:Edgar Wright
Studio:Focus Features
Run time:109 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:pervasive language including sexual references

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Teen, 13 years old Written byswagshyguy15 August 23, 2013

Clever Movie, Though The Ending Gave Me An Indescribable Feeling

This film is really funny but it's slightly dark. From after the first third or so of the film this film has scenes of intense mayhem, and the ending is bitter-sweet. This film's violence is PG-13ish stuff - there's some decapitation and constant combat but the gore is unrealistic; just some blue paint compared to many other R-rated movies. The language is pervasive and there's some innuendo, a few unwanted advances and some making out, but it doesn't get more explicit than that. Basically if you've watched movies like Limitless, Hot Fuzz or Kick-Ass, then this movie will be fine. This is a good movie if you like action comedies.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old August 24, 2013

matthew's world's end review

I'm 10 and saw this, i thought it was a really good movie, funny at the end, but if you are 12 or under you might here some language and tearing the robots face and arms off with blue blood, i'm 10 and i was fine, of course i don't copy any language, the language is, several uses of f**k and a use of mother*****, but if you don't repeat the language its fine. highly recommend this movie, awesomely made. This Should Be the MPAA rating and the reason: This Film Is Rated: R for- Strong Lanuage, and Lots of fighting action
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old August 23, 2013


fantastic comedy from the makers of Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. Probably the best film in The brilliant Cornetto Triolgy. Simon Pegg is fantastic as Gary King and all the other actor including Nick Frost and Martin Freeman are all excellent too. With fine special effects and great comedy, The World's End is fine entertainment.


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