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The World's End

action & adventure, comedy, sci-fi & fantasy


A signature brew of camaraderie, knockabout humor, excessive quaffing, questionable life choices, hand-to-hand combat, and explosive surprises, The World's End reteams director Edgar Wright with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    89%
  • Audience Score
    77%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Fantastically funny, weird film has violence, alcohol, more.

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.

what 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 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    89%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    77%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: "The World's End" is more like an antic sugar high than a reeling, drunken stupor. There are no headaches, dry mouth or crushing shame at the end - no "Hangover," in other words. I'll drink to that.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fresh: Seriously, what's not to like?

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fresh: Robert Frost famously mused 'Some say the world will end in fire/Some say in ice.' I prefer Edgar Wright's vision: It will end in a pub.

- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, Friday, August 23, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A middle aged man (Simon Pegg) gathers his old schoolfriends to finish the pub crawl to the World's End. Takes an interesting turn with bodysnatchers.

- thmtsang, Sunday, October 6, 2013

3 stars

A middle aged man (Simon Pegg) gathers his old schoolfriends to finish the pub crawl to the World's End. Takes an interesting turn with bodysnatchers.

- thmtsang, Sunday, October 6, 2013

4 stars

'The World's End' effortlessly melds hilarious comedy and fun action with a sprinkle of pathos, creating one of the most memorable films of the summer. It came just in time too.

- fb100001048934982, Monday, September 30, 2013