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The World's End (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Madcap and heartfelt, Edgar Wright's apocalypse comedy The World's End benefits from the typically hilarious Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, with a plethora of supporting players.

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The third installment of director Edgar Wright's trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, following the successes "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Hot Fuzz" (2007). In "The World's End," 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub - The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries. (c) Focus Features
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R (for pervasive language including sexual references)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Simon Pegg
as Gary King
Nick Frost
as Andy Knightley
Paddy Considine
as Steven Prince
Martin Freeman
as Oliver Chamberlain
Eddie Marsan
as Peter Page
Rosamund Pike
as Sam Chamberlain
Thomas Law
as Young Gary
Zachary Bailess
as Young Andy
Jasper Levine
as Young Steven
James Tarpey
as Young Peter
Luke Bromley
as Young Oliver
Sophie Evans
as Becky Salt
Samantha White (IV)
as Erika Leekes
Rose Reynolds
as Tracy Benson
Richard Hadfield
as Young Shane
Flora Slorach
as Young Sam
Francesca Reidie
as Teenage Twin
Charlotte Reidie
as Teenage Twin
Michael Smiley
as Revend Green
Alex Austin
as Pale Young Man
Jonathan Aris
as Group Leader
Jenny Bede
as Fitness Instructor (26)
Angie Wallis
as Peter's Wife
Paul Bentall
as Peter's Dad
Richard Graham
as Head Builder
Alice Lowe (III)
as Young Lady
Rafe Spall
as Young Man
Leo Thompson
as Felicity
Steve Oram
as Motorcycle Policeman
Julia Deakin
as B&B Landlady
Tyler Dobbs
as Tyler
Teddy Kempner
as Publican 1
Mark Kempner
as Publican 2
Nick Holder
as Publican 3
Darren Boyd
as Shane Hawkins
Paul Kennington
as Publican 5
Michael Sarne
as Publican 6
Reece Shearsmith
as Collaborator
Nicholas Burns
as Collaborator
Mark Heap
as Publican 7
James Granstrom
as Adrian Keane
Gabe Connelly
as Upstairs Beehive Man
Patricia Franklin
as Upstairs Beehive Lady
Mark C. Donovan
as Big Ugly Bastard
Ricky Champ
as Big Ugly Bastard
Ken Bones
as Publican 13
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Critic Reviews for The World's End

All Critics (218) | Top Critics (47)

As in their previous comedies, Pegg and Frost play men who refuse to stop acting like boys. But these pint-swilling Peter Pans also know how to work the heart and the brain for belly laughs.

Full Review… | December 30, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

If Wright doesn't quite sustain this astonishing mixture of sadness and silliness all the way through, he gets major points just for attempting it in the first place.

Full Review… | December 30, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The gonzo side of the plot is not quite as engaging as the human drama, and the scenes in which the characters meet up and try to mesh again are some of the best in the film.

Full Review… | December 30, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Wright & Pegg continue making the sort of films that the 12-year-old versions of themselves probably always dreamed of being a part of; that sense of joy and practically disbelief that they actually get to do this for a living is right up there on-screen.

Full Review… | August 26, 2013
NPR
Top Critic

The film's strength is its comedic bent - there are some very funny moments contained herein.

Full Review… | August 25, 2013
ReelViews
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 23, 2013
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The World's End

½

The final chapter of the Cornetto trilogy feels and looks a lot like Shaun of the Dead a couple of times. While it starts out like another Hangover episode, the twist of an alien conspiracy ends in a (blue) bloody slaughter in English pubs. That's pretty exciting and fun, the fights are wonderfully choreographed and the effects pretty convincing. The cast and the humor work too. Only the ending is surprisingly dark but not without optimism. But it makes you wish a fourth entry of Wright and Pegg reuniting.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

An exhilarating and hilarious comedy that is a lot smarter and more complex than it seems at first, as it even surprises us by turning into something completely different when you least expect it and whose brilliant editing and priceless lines make it a true winner.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Estranged friends begrudgingly reunite at behest of former leader-cum-has-been for epic bar crawl. Greasy, leather-clad Simon Pegg really sells the once-cool-badass-vibe-now-tinged-with-glory-days-delusion. The rest of the ragtag quintet are charming, especially handsome/nerdy Martin Freeman and blustery Nick Frost as straight men. When the robot plot starts though, the movie devolves from a hilarious and bittersweet story about friends growing up and apart, to a merely average sci-fi spectacle.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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