This is the third part in the series of comedies by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. This one involves a group of friends wanting to return to their home town of Newton Haven. Their goal is to visit 12 pubs and drink 12 pints in one night, the famous pub crawl. An event they tried to accomplish 20 years before and they were never able to complete it.
Gary King (Simon Pegg) is looking back on his life and realizes that he has not accomplished anything. So he decides that he wants to undertake the famous pub crawl that he tried 20 years ago, and tries to convince his four friends to join him. Gary struggles convincing his friends at first, He is able to get Peter Page (Eddie Marsan), a car salesman that works at his father’s dealership, Oliver Chamberlain (Martin Freeman), a real estate agent, and Steven Prince (Paddy Considine), a construction foreman, to go along with the plan relatively easy, but has a tough time convincing his closest friend Andy Knightley (Nick Frost), a corporate partner as his law firm.
Finally, they are on their way to a night of fun and craziness, when things start to get weird for the gang. After they meet up with Oliver’s sister Sam Chamberlain (Rosamund Pike), they find that their adventure is not what they expected. They find themselves running from a town of strange occupants that are trying to stop them from completing the pub crawl.
Director Edgar Wright and writer Simon Pegg bring back their unique style of humor and continue where they left off with “Shawn of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”. Pegg and Wright combine horror with comedy and bring it to the ultimate level. They continue to be the leaders in British satire and find ways to develop it to the next phase every time.
Just like their other films that involved unusual situations brought together with laughter, this one goes the extra mile. Along with all the craziness that occurs throughout the story it still gave me a good, enjoyable feeling about these characters and this strange tale. I do believe that the followers of these types of films will be truly amused and everyone else will still be happy with the outcome.
Final Grade: I give this a B for its storyline, funny scenes, and all around craziness.
Release Date: August 23rd, 2013.
Director: Edgar Wright
Runtime: 109 minutes (1 hour and 49 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references.