Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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7.51 h 52 min2021X-RayPG-13
A slacker bass player must literally put his heart on the line when he learns that he has to vanquish an army of nefarious ex-boyfriends in order to date the girl of his dreams. Starring Michael Cera.
Directors
Edgar Wright
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Michael CeraMary Elizabeth WinsteadKieran Culkin
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Comedy
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English [CC]
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Anna Kendrick
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nbcuJeff KirschenbaumJared LeBoffAdam MerimsJoe NozemackNira ParkMarc PlattSteven V. Scavelli
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Universal City Studios Product
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
IMHO one of the best comic book movies ever. Real rating is 6 Stars!
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How had I never seen this before?! This film is AWESOME. It's now in my top 5 alltime comic book movies. Follow Scott as he has to fight his new girlfriends 7 evil exes. Fun side note is this move Stars both Chris Evans (Captain America) and Brie Larson (soon to be Captain Marvel). The first time I watched it, it took me about 30 minutes to adjust to the editing and directing style. But I swear now everytime I watch it I see something new to appreciate. I've always been a fan of Michael Cera since Arrested Development but this is now his defining role to me. Oh and the girlfriend...can't think of her name but she plays Ramona Flowers is so dang charming, I really need to learn her name and seek out other work of hers!
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on February 29, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nerdy punk rock kids fight for love
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Scott Pilgrim was based upon a comic book of the same name. It is a hilarious mix of nerdy punk rock kids, action, and video games.

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is still recovering from the loss of his girlfriend Envy (Brie Larson) who turned into a famous rock star. He’s so heartbroken he starts dating a high school girl named Knives (Ellen Wong) even though he’s in his twenties. Then he literally meets the girl of his dreams named Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). She’s cursed however because whoever dates her has to beat her 7 ex-lovers. At the same time Scott’s band is trying to break into the big time and get a record contract. The plot seems ridiculous and it is in a good way.

The movie works on multiple levels. The relationship between Scott and Knives for example is hilarious. The fact that she’s still in high school leads to endless jokes. At one point she says she’s so young she’s never even kissed a guy. Pilgrim tells her neither has he. She falls in love with him which comes out as a pink cloud spelling out the words. Pilgrim just swats it away. When he gets an email from Ramona’s first ex he skims it and then deletes it because he thinks it’s a boring message. When he has to fight the 7 lovers it’s like a video game with points scored when they hit each other, lots of exploding graphics, and then when one is defeated they turn into a bunch of change, which Pilgrim collects. One time he’s bummed out because it doesn’t make enough for him to take the bus. Everything is completely over the top, which is why the movie is so fun to watch. There is also plenty of music scenes with the bands as well.
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Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
A Fun Comic Book Stylized Movie with a Decent Script
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An exhilarating rock opera romance for teens.

Edgar Wright’s romance comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) is a blur of cute romantic moments surrounded by exciting action sequences set to a frenzy of loud rock music. Beck’s music for the movie’s main garage band is thrilling and a unique blend of indie rock, alternative rock, and punk rock. If that’s not for you, then you will not enjoy Scott Pilgrim.

For everyone else, I’m sure teenagers will continue to flock to Scott Pilgrim’s blitz of energy style editing from editors Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss. Edgar Wright’s films always contain tight editing with a frenetic style, so it’s no surprise that Scott Pilgrim is carefully wound up into a fascinating series of visual flairs. The video game and comic book type on screen additions are very fun. I do think they can be a bit clustered together and distracting, but you may appreciate them more on a repeat viewing. It does not help that some of the CGI looks awful, like the limbo desert sequences, which just feel jarring compared to the hardwired intensity of the bands playing or Scott Pilgrim’s cool hand-to-hand combat sequences.

The fast pace keeps you interested as does Bill Pope’s striking cinematography, that’s not always beautiful, but can get there. The romance parts are very well shot, while the action choreography is fun, enthralling, and quick, while not always coherent. The fast moves get lost in the confusion of the various outlandish battles, but it’s all fun, so the clarity of the combat is not too much of a detraction.

Edgar Wright’s direction is solid, but as inspired as Scott Pilgrim’s visual style remains, the writing is hit or miss for me. Many lines are still hilarious several viewings later, but others are cringe inducing and fall flat for trying too hard to be cool or edgy. Even in the same scene, some jokes do not work comedically to me. Like the “Vegan Police” bit is so silly that it’s always gets a laugh out of me, but Scott’s one-liner rhyming “vegan” with “be gone” is just lame and awkward. Too much of the comedy relies on awkward encounters and cringe inducing interactions between socially awkwardly lead and the far too stunning girls out of his league. Scott Pilgrim does not strive for realism, but it never even reaches a believability in the first place. Thus, I have no qualms with Wright’s break neck signature style of direction, but his writing alongside Michael Bacall is not spectacular the entire 112 minutes of Scott Pilgrim’s notable run-time.

I feel like Michael Cera is the first issue as he plays the nerdy, punk rock bassist, and slacker Scott Pilgrim. I buy Cera as a hopeless romantic loser with supportive friends and aspirations to be better, but he is horribly miscast to be a suave, likable romantic lead otherwise. I cannot get over the fact that Cera’s character could possibly have dated several gorgeous women with fun personalities while his Scott Pilgrim character is a selfish jerk with no charisma or charm. Cera was born to play Scott Pilgrim as he kills it when he is supposed to be shocked, frightened, or sad, but he’s so strange as the protagonist. It’s not even his fault, the script forces him to try to hit on all these women in the weirdest ways. Scott Pilgrim is simply a terrible role model for guys to be like to hit on girls.

Honestly, Cera excels at certain comedic moments and even finds a way to mimic Jim Carrey’s devastated romantic from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to a small degree. But I think Scott Pilgrim is inherently flawed when the good guy starts out as a 20 something year old dating an underage Asian girl, who he cheats on, after breaking several other girls’ hearts, and then he’s supposed to be this tragically misunderstood hero with an endearing personality and ultimate redemption arc. So Michael Cera is true to the character, but still unsatisfying as the lead actor.

Women are not written very realistically. Scott Pilgrim definitely feels like Edgar Wright saw Eternal Sunshine and thought he could conjure up a manic pixie dream girl of his own without a personality or character. Ramona Flowers is well played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, but she does little, has almost no agency, and never feels real. She’s a stereotype of a hot, goth, alternative girl that pathetic guys fantasize about being with just like Scott Pilgrim. I will say that Winstead captures an aloof and intriguing persona for Scott Pilgrim as Ramona. It’s so odd that you are rooting for them to get past being bad people, when they are surrounded by much more interesting characters.

Namely, Brie Larson is inspired as the sultry indie rock goddess and the ex that hurt Pilgrim’s feelings named Envy Adams. She’s very playful as the rock seductress as well as funny for the vengeful ex-girlfriend role. Kieran Culkin is hilarious and delightful as Scott’s gay roommate Wallace Wells with his endless quirky comedy. Culkin feels effortless in his role as Wallace as he quickly remarks some of my personal favorite lines in Scott Pilgrim.

Furthermore, Anna Kendrick is very funny and genuinely sincere as Scott’s gossip loving sister Stacey Pilgrim. Alison Pill is lovely and sarcastic to my delight as the spurned lover to Scott called Kim Pine. Pill makes for an awesome drummer for their garage band Sex Bob-Omb! Aubrey Plaza is her standard hateful sarcastic self in a brilliant casting choice for the always irritated Julie Powers. Plaza’s swearing is a great recurring gag throughout the movie.

Notably, I really enjoyed Brandon Routh’s role as the brilliant punk bassist and evil exe named Todd Ingram. His vegan telepathy is astoundly hilarious. Jason Schwartzman is excellent as the devious evil exe leader Gideon Graves. He gets arguably the greatest sword fight in the film.

Unfortunately, Johnny Simmons is underwhelming as Young Neil, but he’s only a minor character. Mark Webber overacts a bit as Stephen Stills, but he’s likable enough that I don’t mind his manic guitarist desperate for success. He feels genuinely relatable on a number of levels and he does get some nice moments between him and Scott that are not overdone. Mae Whitman, on the other hand, totally oversells it as the lesbian ex-girlfriend to Ramona named Roxy Richter. Her scenes are unbearable at times with awkward over-indulgence. Ellen Wong seems to be trying her hardest to be a likable and sympathetic figure as Knives Chau, but her character is too young and too contrived to come across as genuine. Her character feels like an Asian stereotype of the submissive Asian girl desperate to please and cater to her man. Satya Bhabha is both funny and ridiculous as Matthew Patel. I must be honest as an Indian, his character feels like an Indian stereotype in a movie rife with basic character types. I do enjoy his fight and the goofy Bollywood dance number, but it’s too much. Shota and Keita Saito are forgettable as the electronic DJ ex-boyfriends to Ramona dubbed The Katayanagi Twins as they get no lines and their battle is just a setup for some okay special effects.

Chris Evans’ cameo as Lucas Lee is unforgettable and surprising. Scott Pilgrim endeared Evans back to general audiences and it is well deserved as he is perfect as Captain America.

In conclusion, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is both an endearing romance-comedy and awkward mess. At least, it’s a very cool rock opera of sorts with plenty of style and wonderful supporting performances. I’d say Scott Pilgrim is Edgar Wright’s worst film, but that is saying something as it’s still truly entertaining and often endearing.
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Jay BazzinottiReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Suprisingly Good and Unique
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This movie tries to do something novel and succeeds. A real life video game played out through the life and imagination of Scott Pilgrim in order to win the girl. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is perfect as the smoldering sexbomb that is the dream of every gamer and incel and her acting and presence on the screen are riveting. I liked Aubrey Plaza's surprise role as well as Anna Kendricks, playing against type. Overall this movie works on every level and is well worth the viewing. It won't change your life but it's worth the game.
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Brian ArankiReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
An 8-bit gaming-inspired flick trip
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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, based on the comic series of the same name, is very creative and visually-pleasing film. The story can get a little shaky at times, but I think it pulls through eventually for the most part. The content is all kinds of quirky, humorous, and just reeks of '80s gaming that any retro gaming nerd, much like myself, will gladly appreciate. The characters can range from a tad dickish, but still pretty cool and entertaining enough to wish to hang around with if they were real (which can apply to just about much every character in the entire film) to just plain, freaking adorable (Knives. Without a doubt). The cast does each and every character in the film justice, all things considered. If you love classic video game tropes from 1980's and the kind of humor that Edgar Wright has pretty much made a foundation on, then you'll definitely get something out of this movie. My only gripe is that virtually nobody went to see this in theaters despite the overwhelming support. Still worth checking out though
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Bruce BReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this movie. UV code might be recoverable
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Not necessarily a review of the movie but more about the expiration of the UltraViolet. This movie is awesome, whether you read the collection of books the characters are based on before or after seeing the movie it doesn't matter, just a great movie.
I purchased this edition knowing the UV was expired but at $8 it's a good deal. I found however if you go to the support site of the UV, fill out the form and explain the code expired they will make it work again. The correspondence wasn't enlightening but they just told me to try it again and it worked. So if you were hesitant to buy this because of the expired code then go for it, you may be pleasantly surprised.
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Carlos Rivera Jr.Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
NOTE: DIGITAL CODES WILL BE EXPIRED
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Great product and love the movie. (I watched this movie over an unhealthy amount of times.

However, remember that codes have an expiration date and these are WAY over theirs. This movie was published in 2013 which means you get no digital copy. Sad but not the sellers fault. If you want all the goodies such as bloopers alternate clips and even photos/explanations of the set, this can provide all of that. Perfect addition to the movie night collection!
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D JReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
but this was thoroughly entertaining - I've watched it about five times and it hasn't gotten old yet What I liked most: the transitions between themes - I don't ...
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Not usually into the comic book/manga type stuff, but this was thoroughly entertaining - I've watched it about five times and it hasn't gotten old yet

What I liked most: the transitions between themes - I don't think I've seen this much attention to detail before
What I liked least: why aren't my Amazon orders hand-delivered by a rollerskating cutie? =(
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