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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

A 2010 American action comedy film directed by Edgar Wright based on the comic book series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley.

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  • Aug 13, 2010
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You'd have to be some sort of bitter, repressed twerp to hate this movie. There, I've said it. Bitter, repressed twerp please queue on the left to snark at me.

Scott Pilgrim VS the World is a delightful, enjoyable movie based on a series of graphic novels. It tells the story of Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), a twenty-two-year-old slacker living with a gay roommate (Kieran Culkin), in Toronto. The most notable thing is his life currently is that he's in a band ("We're terrible," he says of it), called Sex Bob-omb (only funny to certain people), and he's recently started dating a seventeen-year-old girl named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). He is, to put it mildly, somewhat disconnected from reality and is, for example, surprised to hear that movies are sometimes made in Toronto (for the record it was nice to finally see one both filmed and set there, though I wish they'd filmed it in Hollywood and claimed it was Toronto).

His precious little life begins to change when he dreams about a girl named Romona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and then runs into her at a library. He later finds her at a party, totally fails to hook up with her and eventually meets her by ordering from Amazon, for whom she does deliveries. The two start to bond and soon begin dating. Scott's quite happy with this arrangement until he finds out about Romona's seven evil exes, each of whom is determined to fight to the death for her!

I flat loved this movie! Everything about it worked for me. The casting, especially Cera and Culkin, was dead-perfect from what I've read of the books (only the first two so far, but I'm working on it!). The exes were all entertaining and, oh, dear, was there ever plenty of nice eye-candy to oogle, from Young Neil, to Wallace to the Twins! I do believe I'm having an attack of the vapors! *fans self*

The visual style is wonderful! Everything pops quite nicely and the anime/comic style graphics and captions work out really well, when they could've just been a cheesy distraction. The direction by Edgar Wright (best known for Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz), really brings together this admittedly strange world and, happily, doesn't lose control of things.

The movie is a bit niche in some ways. Really anyone born before the NES era will be scratching their head and going, "What? What? Elwood, see if that new Jimmy Stewart film is playing in the other cinema!" But for those of us who grew up on the things showcased in this movie (like the NES, Sega and the Smashing Pumpkins), will have a great time! Easily the best movie of the summer.

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October 25, 2010
I loved this movie too! Loved your opening line! This is it--I am making a Member Spotlight real quick in our Movie Hype community!
October 25, 2010
Great first liner. Loved it too. :)
October 25, 2010
Ha. Glad you guys like the line. :) It used to be "bastards" rather than "twerps". I think "twerps" works better.
 
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review by . August 15, 2010
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Let THE EX-BATTLES Begin in This Zany, Bizarre, Action-Packed Romantic Comedy!
We’ve all had nightmares about our girlfriend’s ex-boyfriends; some make us feel insecure, some make us feel proud while some…well, makes us forget about the whole thing. But hopefully, none of us have experienced being assaulted by the hordes of ex-boyfriends of the person we are dating. Well, those who are familiar with the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley may still have a hard time preparing for the film adaptation “SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD”. …
review by . June 15, 2011
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After 16 years of slamming Hollywood studios for never getting our video game movies right, we finally have one that gets it exactly right. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a video game movie, even though it doesn't have a basis in any actual video games.     Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is more of a visual and cultural tribute to video games than anything. Every other element of the movie, including the plot, takes a backseat to the list of power bars, status updates, and special …
review by . December 12, 2010
In terms of actors today, Michael Cera is kind of overrated. He plays the same character in every single movie he's in: the awkward, geeky teen who's either anxious to lose his virginity or just be generally geeky. That doesn't mean that every once in a while, he can turn in a good performance, and Scott Pilgrim is definitely one of them. This is an incredibly awesome movie, and epic of epic epicness indeed. It's also kind of hard to put into words unless the person you're talking …
review by . January 22, 2011
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This movie grabs your attention from the display of the Universal Logo.  The Universal theme music is like  the sound of an old video game.   Scott Pilgrim seems to drift from dream to reality and the scenes rapidly shift with written text to explain who the various characters are.       Scott is in a band with an ex-girlfriend and two other friends.  He lets them know that he is dating Knives, a 17 year old Chinese girl.  Everybody seems against …
review by . May 02, 2011
Scott Pilgrim. This has got to be one of the funniest, most creative, most interesting, most entertaining movies I have seen in a while. I could probably think of many more adjectives to describe this wonderful film, but I'm afraid that you'll have to make do with this review. From the minute I saw the opening logo for this movie I knew it was going to be something special and when I finally saw this in theatres, I was not disappointed. It does have its problems, but it will most certainly …
review by . March 16, 2011
I saw this movie on my friend's birthday. We talked it over and were picking between this, The Other Guys, and Vampires Suck. I'm so glad we picked this. Scott Pilgrim encapsulated the idle young adult generation so perfectly that I have no choice but to give this a 100%. Hell, if I hadn't seen Kick-Ass, How To Train Your Dragon, or any of the oscar bait movies, Scott Pilgrim easily could have taken the number one spot. This truly got robbed at the box office and I only hope its doing …
review by . August 15, 2010
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review by . August 17, 2010
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Just imagine for a second that your life is a video game.  One where the potential exist for you to beat up bad guys, live each new day of your life as though it were a level where you score points, get extra lives and pull off amazing stunts because you simply can.  This is exactly what Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is.  A movie that turns the life of one young man into a video game.  It's zany, it's over-the-top but it's a lot of fun.  If you don't like Scott …
review by . August 16, 2010
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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Edgar Wright based on the comic book series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley. The film is about Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) meeting the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). In order to win Ramona over, Scott learns that he must defeat Ramona's seven evil exes, who are coming to kill him.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was planned as a film after the first volume of the comic was released. Director Wright became attached to the program and began filming in March 2009 in Toronto, Ontario. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World premiered after a panel discussion at the San Diego Comic-Con International on July 22, 2010. It received a wide-release in North America on August 13, 2010.

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    Director: Edgar Wright
    Genre: Action, Adventure
    Release Date: August 13, 2010
    MPAA Rating: PG-13
    Studio: Universal Pictures
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