SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
Kill Bill Lite
Release Date: August 13, 2010
Starring: Michael Cera, Alison Pill,
Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons,
Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin,
Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza,
and Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Genre: Action Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 113 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/NBC
Director: Edgar Wright
Executive Producer: J. Miles Dale, Jeff
Kirschenbaum, Jared LeBoff,
Adam Siegel, Scott Stuber, and
Producer: Eric Gitter, Nira Park, Marc
Platt, and Edgar Wright
Writer: Michael Bacall and Edgar
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Jeff Zucker, President/CEO, NBC Universal
Ron Meyer, President/COO, Universal Studios
Adam Fogelson, Chairman, Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608-1085
Phone: (818) 777-1000
Web Page: www.universalstudios.com
Scott Pilgrim is, for all intents and purposes, a loser. He is a 23-year-old dating a 17-year-old. He is in a dead-end band and lives with an over-sexed homosexual roommate. Then, one day, he meets Ramona – the woman of his dreams.
There is just one problem: Ramona has some baggage from previous relationships. Now, in order to win Ramona’s love, Scott must first defeat all of Ramona’s exes – the League of Evil Exes – in a series of deadly duels. From Ramona’s first boyfriend who is now an A-list action star, to a bass guitarist who has gained superpowers from his vegan lifestyle, to her former lesbian fling, to a power hungry music mogul, Scott must defeat all of Ramona’s seven deadly exes in order to gain her love. One by one, Scott battles each of Ramona’s exes until he has earned her love, but can he learn self-respect and personal integrity at the same time?
SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD is highly stylized, quirky and surprisingly entertaining, yet it is completely forgettable. Starring Michael Cera of the critically acclaimed TV series ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and purposely directed as a B-movie that features action sequences reminiscent of 1980s 8-bit video games, this movie is in the vein of other genre-heavy movies such as Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL series. Unlike the KILL BILL movies, however, this movie is light on the blood; yet, it is still heavy on the Japanese Anime-style martial arts sequences.
Most disturbing, though, is the movie’s worldview. The movie, which has a very strong mixed pagan worldview, does not contain any redeeming moral elements other than a brief moment of forgiveness. It has an over-the-top homosexual character, Scott’s roommate, whose immoral exploits, including implied homosexual sodomy with several partners as well as depicted homosexual kissing, are propagated throughout the movie. At times, the movie feels like a diatribe for sinful, alternate lifestyle choices rather than a comedic action-adventure movie.
Because of Michael Cera’s growing popularity among young audiences, many unsuspecting teenagers may be lured to this movie, thinking of it as a harmless comedy. Sadly, many young people may unwittingly pour into the theater, not knowing that they are being inundated with immoral, pagan worldviews and subjecting themselves to normalized homosexual behavior.
All in all, this movie is highly forgettable and filled with immoral, pagan content. MOVIEGUIDE® recommends that media-wise audiences, especially impressionable teenagers and young adults, pursue more worthwhile entertainment.
SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD is highly stylized, quirky and sometimes surprisingly entertaining, yet completely forgettable. Most disturbing, though, is the movie’s worldview. Other than a few moments, the movie’s pagan worldview lacks any redeeming qualities. At times, the movie feels more like a diatribe for sinful, alternate lifestyle choices rather than an action comedy. It has an over-the-top homosexual character, plenty of foul language, 11 bleeped-out “f” words for comical purposes, stylized violence, lying, and revenge. The movie is targeted at teenagers, so parents should be on the watch.