Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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...a world of which I know NOTHING about.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is an “Emo” love story inside the world of video games and comic books. (For those of you who aren’t up on the teen lingo, Emo in a word means melodramatic). Here’s the premise: Boy, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) meets Girl, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Boy wants girl. Girl has relationship issues and seven evil “ex’s” that Boy must fight in order to win girl. Boy fights the ex’s and wins. Boy and Girl get to be together in happy video game land bliss.

To fully appreciate this film you need to be in your late twenties to mid-thirties and be living in your parent’s basement. Having an extensive love for video games and anime would also be beneficial. I felt like this movie was trying to be a video game, a comic book cartoon, and a real life drama all at the same time. This may have been the whole point but since I’m not a “gamer” or a lover of comic books, I had zero appreciation. The cartoon bubble “Zams” and “Pows” were cheesy and most of the time I didn’t even know if Scott Pilgrim was in his fantasy game world or in his own life...very confusing. Said to be a movie “ahead of it’s time” and it did get 7.8 out of 10 stars, I think that has more to do with the specific genre that the movie must have been made for, namely the video game sub-culture.

Micheal Cera. I loved him in Arrested Development. I liked him in Juno. He was O.K. in Nick and Nora’s Ultimate Playlist. But he seems to be a bit type casted. My advice: If Micheal Cera made you laugh, he’ll make you laugh again, but otherwise you can pass on this movie.

Motherly Advice: I had my filters set on low for this one. Clearplay spared me some religious expletives, some drug references, one steamy make-out scene, and a handful of mild swear words. Also note that Scott’s roommate is gay and a couple of scenes were quite obscene so you may want to have a candid discussion if you have younger ones watching the movie with you. I would recommend Scott Pilgrim vs. The World for ages 14 and up and anyone who loves video games and comic books.

Trisha~Trying new movies is sometimes like trying a new dish at your favorite restaurant. Nine times out of ten you wish you would have stuck with what you love.

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