Other notable performances include Pierce Brosnan (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), who proves he's retained both his sense of humor and striking good looks. Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher) manages to be both charming and tough as Sam, the love interest of more than one of the guys. And nobody does deliciously bored condescension like Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), the voice of the aliens in the final showdown with humanity.

It's best not to take The World's End too seriously—or seriously at all. While it could be seen as a vote for free will over mindless compliance, the message is secondary to the humor. Just kick back, relax, and be thankful that the fate of the world really doesn’t rest on the shaky shoulders of Gary and company.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: The storyline is built around a group of friends going on an epic pub crawl, so drinking and drunkenness are unavoidable. Smoking of both regular and 'specialty' tobacco. References to snorting cocaine. One man mocks another for not drinking.
  • Language/Profanity: The f-word shows up repeatedly, sometimes paired with "mother." One character says "WTF" repeatedly and another (who uses the f-word frequently) asks "what does WTF mean?" Jesus' name taken in vain; "pedophile" used as a term of endearment; various body parts mentioned by multiple terms, many rude; several people described as cu** or bast***; he** and sh** spoken often.
  • Sex/Nudity: Men shown urinating in toilet. Man asks his friends about sex and talks about having sex with multiple women; references made to having sex in restroom at bar, trying to "get in her pants," and having an erection. Man's bare behind briefly shown. Adult women dressed as naughty schoolgirls try to seduce men with erotic dancing, licking faces, and other such behavior. Woman tells man "I want you inside me." Casual sex is referred to as "cool at seventeen but not at forty." Several gestures clearly referring to the sex act.
  • Violent/Frightening/Intense: While it is quite violent, it's all cartoon-like and over the top. The robots have hollow heads and inky 'blood' so it’s never explicit. Their appendages get ripped off, but they sometimes reattach them with comic effect. Humans are punched and tossed about but they're only banged up, not seriously injured. A man jumps off a building onto a car but is later shown to be fine.
  • Spiritual Themes: When reminded that The Three Musketeers is fictional, Gary retorts "some people say that about the Bible" but later asserts "Jesus wrote the Bible."

Publication date: August 23, 2013