The World's End

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Fantastically funny, weird film has violence, alcohol, more.
  • R
  • 2013
  • 109 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 42 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPizza G. May 30, 2017

Whimsical swan song for the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy with more swearing, extreme drinking

The World's End is a fitting tribute to the Cornetto trilogy, and not only does it present the same goofy humor, lively characters and unique visual style... Continue reading
Adult Written byShrek_boy August 9, 2020

Solid film

A bit of cursing but not the worst thing ever. There is violence but the blood is blue so it’s more cartoonish. This film is hilarious and I watched it with my... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymusicmovielove July 20, 2020

the best film ever, not for everyone, but still watch it!!!!!!!

this is the best film in the cornetto trilogy and a great ending to it as well since it is a very funny and violent film it also has meaning about the meaning o... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byScroopyNoopers March 31, 2018

Warning: opinions ahead!

In my opinion it is the best in the cornetto trilogy, and i know many people will disagree with me but let me explain why: This is one of the most rewatchable m... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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