"Kill Bill Lite"
SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD is a highly stylized action comedy in the genre of Japanese anime and arcade video games. The story follows a young man who must literally fight for the woman he loves by defeating her seven deadly exes, including a lesbian fling.
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.
(PaPaPa, RoRo, HoHo, O, B, C, LLL, VV, SS, A, MM) Very strong mixed pagan worldview with strong Romantic themes, strong emphasis on homosexual worldview and the normalization of multiple homosexual partners is viewed in a light-hearted fashion as lead character’s roommate has a different man in bed with him all the time and woman admits to having a lesbian relationship at one point in her life, New Age elements include a character who gains superpowers as well as telepathy ability because he is a vegan, though it is portrayed in a humorous light, and one brief mention of vampirism, plus one reference to an “act of God” and forgiveness is given; 36 obscenities, 11 implied “f” words bleeped out for comedic effect, eight profanities, and two crude gestures; strong violence includes several stylized fights in the genre of Japanese anime movies and video games including punching, kicking, martial arts fight sequences with hand-to-hand combat and with weapons, and guy hits girl; strong immoral sexual content includes depicted homosexual kissing, implied homosexual sodomy, woman mentions former lovers including one lesbian lover, unmarried couple sleeps beside each other but do not fornicate, normalization of homosexual evil (Lev. 18:22-30 and Mark 7:20-23), and unmarried kissing; no actual nudity but woman in lingerie; some beer and liquor use depicted but no drunkenness; no smoking or drugs; and, strong miscellaneous immorality includes lying, blackmail and revenge.
SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD is a highly stylized action comedy in the style of Japanese animation and arcade video games. The story follows a young man who must fight for the woman he loves by defeating her seven deadly exes, including a lesbian fling. Michael Cera plays a 23-year-old loser who finds the girl of his dreams, Ramona. To win Romana’s heart, Scott must first defeat all of Ramona’s exes – the League of Evil Exes – in a series of deadly duels. Scott Pilgrim may be able to win Ramona’s love, but will he learn self-respect and personal integrity?
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.