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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Review Critics


Dave White Profile

COCKINESS + 7. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

An ADD classic for the Nintendo generation. Read full review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    This is a discouragingly limp movie in which nothing is at stake.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Scott Pilgrim, a lovelorn musician, is an appealing fusion of nerdy, cheeky and vulnerable. So, who better to play him than Michael Cera?

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The first rock & roll kung fu videogame youth love story.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    This is not the first time Wright has shown his understanding for such things, nor is this the first occasion in which he has displayed a strong sense of comedic timing, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World feels fresher and more inspired than his previous outings, and that makes it an excellent source of late-summer entertainment.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Clever, entertaining fantasy romance for gaming-era teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adaptation of a popular graphic novel series -- which stars teen favorite Michael Cera -- features some strong language, superhero- and video game-style violence, and teen sexuality, but it's ultimately age-appropriate for teens. The sexuality includes some passionate kisses and a couple of hooking-up scenes (both gay and straight); in one scene, a couple ends up in bed -- she in her bra, he shirtless -- but no sex is shown on screen. One character explodes after unexpectedly having an instantaneous orgasm. Language includes some uses of words like "s--t" and "ass," and there's one character who says "f--k" several times, though they're mostly bleeped. All of the violence is stylized and cartoonish rather than realistic and bloody. And for a geeky-hipster tale, there are remarkably few product placements.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How does it compare to what you've seen in other action movies? Does it have more or less impact?
  • The movie seems aimed at those immersed in video game culture -- i.e., teens. Do you think it's as funny or relevant for parents/adults?
  • What does Scott learn about himself by fighting off all of the exes?
  • Why are graphic novel adaptations so popular? For those familiar with both, how does the movie compare to the graphic novels?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Utlimately the movie's message is that you have to harness the power within yourself to be powerful -- you have to know who you are to figure out what you want. Teamwork is also encouraged.

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    Role models: Although Scott's circle of friends is mostly loyal to him, no one in the movie is truly selfless. Scott himself cheats on Knives, who then hates Ramona and wants to get revenge. Ramona, in turn, doesn't adequately prepare Scott for the fact that he has to defeat her many exes for them to be together.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The six big face-offs are staged like video game battles, with lots of almost cartoonish martial arts and hand-to-hand fighting. There's no blood, but the defeated exes do blow up, disappear, disintigrate, etc.

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    Sex: Scott barely holds hands with Knives, the girl he's dating at the beginning of the movie, but he does hook up with Ramona in a scene that shows them both in bed and half-dressed (though they never have sex). Scott's roommate, Wallace, ends up in bed with not just one but two guys, one of whom started out being a girl's date (no sex is shown on screen). Wallace is also shown making out a couple of times. Scott and Wallace share a bed but have a platonic friendship. One of Ramona's evil exes is a "bi-curous" girl; Scott defeats her by touching her in an innocuous place that makes her have an instantaneous orgasm and explode. Scott's band is called Sex Bob-omb. References to "bases" (as in "making it to second base").

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    Language: Fairly regular use of "ass," "bitch," "s--t," "hell," "oh my God," etc. -- plus one sequence in which "f--k" is used several times; they're mostly covered by bleeps, but you can read the character's lips. Also words like "c--k," "boob," and "bang" and insults like "loser," "creep" and "slut."

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    Consumerism: Fairly moderate for a teen-targeted film: a Sharpie T-shirt, Amazon, mentions of Pac Man and other video games.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Several scenes take place in nighclubs or concert venues where people have bottles in their hands, but there's no drunkenness. References to drugs but no obvious drug use.