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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

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Plot: Everything is totally sweet. Scott Pilgrim’s life is so awesome. He’s 23 years old, in a rock band, “between jobs,” and dating a cute high school girl. Everything’s fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, roller blading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. But the path to Ms. Flowers isn’t covered in rose petals. Ramona’s seven evil exes stand between Scott and true happiness. Can Scott defeat all seven of the bad guys and get the girl without turning his precious little life upside-down, before the game is over? (IMDb)

Rating: PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references

Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance, Comedy

Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans

Director: Edgar Wright

Running time: 1:53

Kate says – 3 1/2 stars ” Does my rating shock you as much as it does me?  By all rights, I should not be a fan of this movie…I’m too old, I’m female, I don’t love video games, last time I checked I don’t have ADD, I’m not a computer geek, and I’m not a fan of the graphic novel genre.  And yet I have to say this is one of the most enjoyable and entertaining movie experiences I’ve had in a long time. It’s wild, fast-paced, in your face, bright,  fresh, funny, creative and ridiculous! It’s full of comic-book style word bubbles and video game logic (which is to say there is no logic).  Either you’ll “get it” and love this movie, or you’ll think this it’s one of the worst movies of the year. The sheer cleverness and inventiveness of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World served as a nice, albeit surprising reminder of why I love movies.”

Roger Moore (Orlando Sentinel) says – 3 1/2 stars ” Of all the sweet-wimpy-guy-chases-the-hot-girl  Michael Cera movies, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the Michael Cera-iest. Of all the gonzo-goofy comic book adaptations that embrace video gaming  sensibilities, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the gonzo-goofiest…Scott Pilgrim is so much fun, so dazzling in its style and manic energy, that it amounts to a definitive statement.” (read full review)

Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) says – 3 1/2 stars “Scott Pilgrim is a breathless rush of a movie that jumps off the screen, spins your head around and then stealthily works its way into your heart. Don’t worry too much about hugging and learning and stuff. Just revel in those clutter-free last moments when two people finally get enough of a grip on who they are to make an honest, human connection. It’s a game-changer.” (read full review)

Owen Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly) says – “B+” “The movie, with its charming visual tropes (phones that literally go ”Ring,” a wheel of fortune that offers Scott two possible responses, one of which he takes), is a romantic comedy that moves at the speed of texting…I dug the freshness of Scott Pilgrim, but I wish that it had a little less kick-a**. Still, it’s a true original.” (read full review)

Claudia Puig (USA Today) says – 3 stars “Scott Pilgrim, a lovelorn musician, is an appealing fusion of nerdy, cheeky and vulnerable. So, who better to play him than Michael Cera? Cera has made a career playing doe-eyed, high-voiced, wisecracking characters. He seems to be dodging the inevitability of age and maturation. Cera’s unwavering youth works well for the title character in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, an inventive and whimsical action-comedy/love story. The film fuses an indie/punk rock sensibility with comic-book violence and video game energy, mixed with quirky humor and sassy pop culture references.” (read full review)

Eric Snider ( says – “B+” “If a movie that looked and sounded like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World had come out 40 years ago, people would have burned the director at the stake for witchcraft. Even by 2010 standards, the way it’s written, performed, shot, and edited is supremely unusual, an exuberant mixture of comic books, video games, and hipster romance by way of John Hughes. It uses an impressive number of unconventional filmmaking devices, most of which have been done before, but probably not all in the same movie. I bet 10 years from now this will be the norm. For now, it’s almost revolutionary.” (read full review)

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