Based on a comic book series, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a comedy starring Michael Cera in the title role. Adapted by Edgar Wright and Michael Bacall, the film is also directed by Wright. The movie has a distinct video game theme and surreal aspects. Its story follows twenty-something Canadian Scott Pilgrim and his quest to get the girl despite both their checkered relationship histories. That girl in particular is Ramona Flowers, played by Mary-Louise Winstead, who has recently moved to Toronto to escape her ex-boyfriend.
Although he already has a teenaged girlfriend, Knives Chau, played by Ellen Wong, Scott pursues Ramona only to find that he must battle with her seven evil exes who have made a pact to fight off her future boyfriends. Scott eventually breaks up with Knives in favor of his relationship with Ramona, which starts to sour as he has to keep battling her crazy exes. He hypocritically calls her out on it in spite of his own dating history, and she breaks up with him when her seventh evil ex reveals himself. This turns out to be record executive Gideon Graves, played by Jason Schwartzman, the creator of the evil exes pact.
Scott battles Gideon with a sword he magically receives after saying he's in love with Ramona. Gideon defeats him as Knives appears and begins a battle with Ramona, during which Scott lets it slip that he was unfaithful to both girls by being with both of them at once. Gideon kills Scott, but Scott is allowed a redo in which he goes to start the battle with Gideon over again. This time Scott does things right, apologizing to the girls he wronged before announcing that this fight is for himself and not for Ramona. Generating a sword gained from the power of self respect, he, with help from Knives, kills Gideon. In the end, with Knives' encouragement Scott finally gets Ramona with no strings attached.
One of the best things about Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (and there were many, many good things) was the soundtrack, created in part by the well-respected and always slightly odd musician Beck. The platinum artist wrote the songs that were performed in the film by the band Sex Bob-omb. He did not, however, intend for said songs to create giant electrical monsters. There's good news today for fans of the "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" soundtrack, especially those who dig the grungy, garage-rock vibes of Sex Bob-omb's repertoire.
Michael Cera has proven himself to be pretty darned hilarious, not only in movies like "Superbad," "Juno," or the vastly under-seen "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," but also in small web videos: if you haven't seen him in "Drunk History" you should check it out now. Go ahead, I'll wait. Are you back? Pretty good, right? Well, Michael Cera is starring in a new short web series, this time produced by Collegehumor. The series, which will run for five episodes, features Cera as he re-unites with his estranged father, played by Brian Berrebbi.