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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 13 August 2010 (USA)
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Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

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Edgar Wright

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Michael Bacall (screenplay), Edgar Wright (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Cera ... Scott Pilgrim
Kieran Culkin ... Wallace Wells
Anna Kendrick ... Stacey Pilgrim
Alison Pill ... Kim Pine
Aubrey Plaza ... Julie Powers
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Ramona Flowers
Jason Schwartzman ... Gideon Graves
Johnny Simmons ... Young Neil
Mark Webber ... Stephen Stills
Ellen Wong ... Knives Chau
Satya Bhabha ... Matthew Patel
Will Bowes ... Party Goer (as Will Seatle Bowes)
Celine Lepage Celine Lepage ... Party Goer
Keita Saitou Keita Saitou ... Kyle Katayanagi (as Keita Saito)
Mark Leroy ... Party Goer (as Mark LeRoy)
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Storyline

Scott Pilgrim plays in a band which aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn't recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tries to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn't enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Rated PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

13 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,609,795, 15 August 2010

Gross USA:

$31,494,270

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$132,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The original concept for "Scott Pilgrim" is based around 2 premises. The first was the idea of "What if, after a life of playing fighting games, someone confronted you and you actually had the ability to fight like a "Street Fighter" character?" The second concept came about when Bryan Lee O'Malley was dating his future wife, Hope Larson. When he learned that she had dated three different guys named Matthew, O'Malley came up with the idea of a League of Matthews. This idea developed into the League of Evil Exes. Matthew Patel is the only Evil Ex to keep the name Matthew. See more »

Goofs

Scott tells the band that he has learned the bass line from Final Fantasy 2, then plays the battle scene from Final Fantasy 4. The game Final Fantasy IV was released as Final Fantasy 4 in Japan but re-titled as Final Fantasy 2 in the United States and Canada. See more »

Quotes

Todd Ingram: We have an unfinished business. I and he.
Scott Pilgrim: He and me.
Todd Ingram: Don't you talk to me about grammar!
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Crazy Credits

When the cast is listed during the opening credits, the drawings in the background display little motifs related to the characters they play in the movie:
  • Chris Evans: Skateboards (Lucas Lee was a skateboarder before becoming an actor) and the logo for his character's skateboard company
  • Anna Kendrick: Coffee stains and wet mug marks (Stacey Pilgrim works at a coffee shop)
  • Alison Pill: The words "one! two! three! four! (which Kim Pine typically yells to signal the start of a Sex Bob-Omb song) and the Sex-Bob-Omb logo
  • Aubrey Plaza: Black squares (which are used to obscure Julie Powers' mouth whenever she curses)
  • Brandon Routh: Bass guitars (Todd Ingram defeats Scott Pilgrim in a bass duel) and the number 3
  • Jason Schwartzman: The three triangle symbol of Gideon's company and a pair of glasses
  • Ellen Wong: A pair of knives similar to those she uses in the final fight.
  • Kieran Culkin: A cell phone status bar (Wallace can text while sleeping)
  • Johnny Simmons: Rectangles (mimicking the design on his shirt and his Nintendo DS
  • Michael Cera: Bass Strings
  • Mary Elizabeth Winestead: Three different shades of hair, denoting how many times her character changes hair color
  • Brie Larson: Broken hearts denoting her role as a femme fatale
  • Mark Webber: An acoustic guitar.
  • Mae Whitman: Four X's denoting her position as evil ex number 4 and a razor blade denoting her razor whip
Additionally, the names of all the actors playing Ramona's evil exes are accompanied by numerous little Xs. See more »

Alternate Versions

The test screening showed at the end Scott getting back together with Knives Chau while Ramona continues to walk away. Scott and Knives walk away into the snow. See more »

Connections

References Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987) See more »

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It's Getting Boring by the Sea
Written by Steven Ansell, Laura Carter
Performed by Blood Red Shoes
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited/V2 Records International Limited
Under license from Universal Music International
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A Delightfully Offbeat Comic Book Comedy
15 January 2015 | by williampsamuelSee all my reviews

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is probably as close as we'll come to having an experimental film released in theaters nationwide. This is one of the most innovative, original movies to come out in years. It's unlike anything I'd seen before. And yes, it is good, very good. I could not stop laughing the whole time.

Onto the plot. Scott is something of a loser. He's socially awkward. He shares a mattress in a bunker-like apartment in Toronto with a sarcastic gossip king. He's in a band called the Sex Bob-Ombs, but they're really not that great. He also has a clinging, hyperactive girlfriend, "Knives" who's only 17- kind of a big deal when he's 22. All this changes when he dreams of a purple haired girl on roller blades. The very next day he finds out that she's real; that her name is Ramona flowers and she's the cool new girl in town. His first attempt to hook up fails miserably. His second attempt, although even more lamed brained, actually works, and they're soon an item. But now comes the bad news; to win her love, Scott must defeat her seven evil ex's. He also has an evil ex of his own. Plus, there's the matter of breaking up with Knives, and the battle of the bands is coming up!

That's the setup, what follows is a hilarious romantic comedy punctuated by a series of completely over-the-top video game style fight scenes. Stylistically, I'd have to call them a cross between Sin City, Street Fighter and Viewtiful Joe. Each of the ex's has their own unique fighting style and their own super powers, such as vegan-powered telekinesis or summoning an army of stunt doubles. Often you hear martial arts movies criticized because the action is obviously computer aided. Here, that's the whole point.

The movie's humor comes not only from the sheer ridiculousness of the situations, but also from the characters' reactions to them. After one of the ex's has flown in through a brick wall and battled Scott in the middle of a concert, everyone is just kind of weirded out. They don't act like nothing has happened, which would make it hard for the audience to suspend their disbelief, nor do they run screaming for the police, which would only complicate matters.

Comedic effect is also generated through the use of deadpan dialog. For instance, when Knives confesses that she's never kissed a boy before, Scott replies, with a straight face "It's okay, neither have I." Or the band's self-introduction, "We're the Sex Bob-Ombs and we're here to make you all sad and depressed and stuff.

The movie also pokes gentle fun at hipster subculture with the way that Ramona has thirty plus flavors of tea, or how Scott's roommate is always texting. There are also quirky touches like one girl who can bleep herself out, much to Scott's amazement, and a scene when the intro from Seinfeld plays after the characters enter the apartment, and canned laughter follows every line.

The editing and structure are highly non-traditional, with heavy use of dreams, daydreams, montages, animated flashbacks and asides, and chapter titles introducing segments. The visuals are impressive and very imaginative, such as the way that flashes of color accompany the playing of any musical instrument, allowing you to see the sound. Speaking of which, the sound is another high point, not only the energetic, rock fueled sound track, but also the sound effects taken from classic games like Mario and Zelda.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World succeeds in telling an offbeat story, providing interesting characters, and in producing lots of laughs. Other than a couple of too-obvious puns, I honestly can't think of anything wrong with this movie. I would highly recommend it to anyone in their teens or twenties. Four stars.


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