Scott Pilgrim vs. The World parents guide

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Parent Guide

Complete with descriptive graphics like "pow" and "thonk," viewers get some visual stimulation to help them stay involved in this senseless, wandering plot.

Overall D

When Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) asks out Ramona V. Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) he doesn't realize he has also picked a fight with her seven exes. Now the wimpy, wannabe rocker will have to use his might to show the strength of his love for the pink-haired girl.

Release date August 13, 2010

Violence C-
Sexual Content D+
Profanity D+
Substance Use C-

Why is Scott Pilgrim vs. The World rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Scott Pilgrim vs. The World PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references.

Run Time: 113 minutes

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Parent Movie Review

Michael Cera seems to have found a niche for himself playing wimpy, teenaged doofuses in films like Juno, Year One, Extreme Movie and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. His latest character, Scott Pilgrim, doesn’t stray far from this stereotypical role.

Scott, a jobless, 22-year-old bass guitar player, shares an air mattress in a tiny apartment with his gay roommate and anyone else Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin) brings home to cuddle with under the covers. Scott’s own romantic life is littered with broken relationships including one with his fellow band member Kim Pine (Alison Pill) and popular singer Envy Adams (Brie Larson). After his painful breakup with Envy, Scott resorts to dating a high school student from a Catholic academy as a way to restore his confidence in his own desirability. However, Knives Chau’s (Ellen Wong) ethnicity, religious affiliation and youth fuel recurrent jokes among the film’s older characters.

Then Scott lays eyes on the pink-haired Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Windstead) at a party. (In a surreal scenario, the mysterious woman skates through his dreams before he even meets her.) Too spineless to break up with Knives, Scott waffles between both girls until they uncover his deceit. That’s when Scott encounters the full fury of scorned love. But Knives isn’t the only one looking for a little revenge. Scott discovers that Ramona has seven former beaus whom he must fight before he can date her.

Set up like the levels of a video game, each encounter with an evil, super powered ex involves finding the chink that allows Scott to defeat him (or her, in the case of Ramona’s lesbian lover). A win results in points being tallied on the screen and a jackpot of coins raining from thin air. Bending the rules of reality further, the film’s stylized depictions of violence include scenes of characters thrown through walls, stabbed with light sabers and tossed around a room. Luckily these combatants can also catch a second life, which allows the battles to linger on longer. Complete with descriptive graphics like “pow” and “thonk,” viewers get some visual stimulation to help them stay involved in this senseless, wandering plot.

Unfortunately, scriptwriters pad this story with ongoing homosexual jokes, crude terms for male anatomy, profanities and plenty of vulgar sexual innuendo. Scott’s biggest worries seem to be his lack of sexual activity and his need to frequent the bathroom. But parents may also be concerned with the young adult’s lack of responsibility. Consumed with his lust for Ramona, he lets down his band members, disregards Knives’ feelings and wallows in bouts of self-pity that he must be coddled and coaxed through. Every girl deserves better than that.

Directed by Edgar Wright . Starring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin. Running time: 113 minutes. Theatrical release August 13, 2010. Updated

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Rating & Content Info

Why is Scott Pilgrim vs. The World rated PG-13? Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references.

Violence: The script includes numerous depictions of stylized violence in which characters are kicked, hit, slapped and thrown down stairs or through walls. A man is hit in the head with a cymbal. One character disintegrates and another explodes after they are defeated. A female is punched in her breast. Girls engage in fights with each other. Weapons are used on occasion. A character is run through with a sword.

Sexual Content: A girl is seen in her underwear. Young adults begin to undress and kiss passionately. Other characters engage in implied homosexual sex. Men kiss. Multiple men are shown in bed together. Sexual activity, both heterosexual and homosexual, is frequently discussed. Crude terms for male anatomy, scatological jokes and sexual innuendo are repeatedly used.

Language: The script includes a handful of racial slurs and mild profanities, nearly two-dozen crude expletives, a slang term to describe sex, brief scatological slang and two crude hand gestures. Brief religious jokes are made.

Alcohol/Drug Use: Characters drink at social gatherings and are drunk on occasion. Two background characters smoke in one scene.

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Does Scott have qualities that make him an attractive boyfriend? Are these attributes that would contribute to a long and successful relationship? Who is the more mature character in this story, Knives or Scott?

What kind of relationship does Scott have with his younger sister (Anna Kendrick)? How does their bond help Scott?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World movie is November 9, 2010. Here are some details…

On November 9. 2010, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World releases to DVD and Blu-ray. Both formats offer the following bonus materials:

- Deleted and alternate scenes with commentary from director/producer/ co-writer Edgar Wright

-Scott Pilgrim vs. The Bloopers

-Feature Commentary with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright, co-writer Michael Bacall and Author Bryan Lee O’Malley

-Technical Commentary with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope

-Cast commentary with Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong and Brandon Routh

-Cast commentary with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin and Mark Webber

-Behind the scenes photo galleries including Edgar Wright’s photo blog

-Trivia track

-Galleries:

-Production photos, art galleries and marketing concepts

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on Blu-ray (Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack) also includes:

- Insider Documentaries: Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

-Music Featurette: You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb

- Alternate Footage

- Pre-Production

-The Music of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: Four music videos from DJ Osymyso.

-Visual Effects

- Sound Work

- Trailers & TV Spots from the theatrical release of the film

- Adult Swim: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation

- Scott Pilgrim vs. The Censors: TV safe version

- Behind-the-Scenes Production Blogs

- Free Bonus Movie for a Limited Time Only: Blu-ray Combo Pack consumers will have access to stream action hits Tremors or Pitch Black via BD-Live, Smartphone or computer

- Blu-ray Features: U-Control, Storyboard Picture-in-Picture, Pocket BLU App, Advanced Remote Control, Virtual Keyboard, BD-Live and My Scenes

- Digital Copy of the film

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