Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a nerdy action/comedy/romance released on 2010-07-27 and based off the comic book Scott Pilgrim. The film's universe plays out like a 1980s video game and has dozens of references to retro games.

In the film, Scott Pilgrim, a lazy and self-centered 22-year-old, is trying to find comfort after a difficult breakup by dating 17-year-old, Knives Chau. However, Pilgrim develops a crush on an attractive more-worldly young woman at a party, Ramona Flowers, and cheats on his girlfriend with her, only to discover that, in order to date Flowers, he must defeat her seven evil exes in combat. To make matters worse, his friend is kicking Pilgrim out of his apartment where he's been living rent free for some time.


Knowing that I love retro video games, a co-worker of mine told me about the film and lent me his copy. I watched it and absolutely loved it, and bought my own copy. Later, I read the comic book the film was based on.

I own the film on DVD.



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  • The film uses a tried a true formula. The protagonist overcomes his own failings and learns to be a better person while at the same time saving the day and getting the girl.
  • The vast majority of the acting is nice and believable.
  • The scenes depicting the battle of the bands where music is used as a weapon are really intense.
  • The many callbacks to the various video games (both in title, function, music, and mechanics) are all welcome.
  • The use of text overlays and narration are wonderful.


  • The exes never really seem like much of a threat to Pilgrim. Even when he's initially losing, he always ends up dispatching them without much effort. Todd, for example, is both stronger and a better bass player than Pilgrim even without his vegan powers, so, why would Pilgrim be able to defeat him after he loses his powers?
  • I don't mind so much giving vegans super-powers, but did they have to repeat the myth about only using 10% of your brain?
  • Despite having several important female characters, the film is still little more than a guy fantasy. And, yes Ramona fights several times in the film, but she's ultimately a damsel in distress.


  • Nothing.


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Strong female character?Pass
Bechdel test?Unknown
Strong person of color character?Pass
Queer character?Pass


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