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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) – Rated PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language, and drug references.

Director Edgar Wright is no stranger to well-received films.  He’s the man behind the highly enjoyable Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, after all.  So really it should come as no surprise that his next film, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, is quite the breath of fresh air that this summer needed.  As of late, Inception had been the only truly original piece of work that 2010 has seen this summer.  But with this film, which is based on a graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Wright has presented us with a smorgasbord of stunning visuals that combines music, video games, anime, arcade games, comics, manga, all the clichés of a teen romantic comedy, and even a Seinfeld reference! 

The story is explained plainly in the trailers: Scott Pilgrim must defeat the seven evil exes of Ramona Flowers in order to date her.  As far as casting goes, they got it right for the most part.  Mary Elizabeth Winstead played Ramona perfectly.  One could see why Scott was willing to fight these powerful foes for her love.  Another piece of brilliant casting was Kieran Culkin as Scott’s gay roommate, Wallace Wells.  Culkin stole every scene he was in!  Why isn’t this guy in more movies?  Pay attention to the talent while it’s still fresh, Hollywood!  The seven exes were played by Satya Bhabha, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Mae Whitman, Shota and Keita Saito, and Jason Schwartzman.  To keep this review somewhat spoiler-free, I won’t go into details about these exes but they are pretty hilarious.  And although Michael Cera did a good job as Scott Pilgrim, I still felt as though he did what he does best: play himself.  Imagine Juno‘s Pauly Bleeker or Superbad‘s Evan kicking ass in a movie and you’ve already met Scott Pilgrim.  But despite this, he still did a good job.  He certainly has the seemingly clueless slacker bit down pat.

Though the film is based on a graphic novel series the story still felt fresh and original, especially every time an evil ex appeared and challenged Scott to a video game-style duel.  Most importantly, the script was filled with witty dialogue and plenty of quote-able lines.  When I walked out of my screening, my colleagues and I were already quoting the Vegan Academy’s “Milk and eggs, b*tch!” line, among others such as, “I’m in lesbians with you,” “You punched me in the boob, prepare to die obviously!” and “Chicken isn’t vegan?” 

My only complaint about this almost-perfect film is that towards the end it started to drag a little, making the film feel like it was a little too long perhaps.  And as an 80s baby in the 20-something crowd, I found the film entertaining.  However, I can only guess that the older generation might not “get it” and dismiss this little gem.  And that’s their problem!  Filmtastic review = 4 1/2 stars

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