Pause for kids 15 & under
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.
- 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?