At some point in the past 20 years, the role of the American nerd changed. He somehow became a respectable genre of human being. He was elevated from the dank corner of his parents’ basement to a vaunted place in popular culture. A seat at the table, so to speak. I’m not sure exactly where this started. Maybe it was when Lambda Lambda Lambda house beat the Alpha Betas in the annual Greek Games at homecoming. Or maybe it was when Bill Gates and Steve Jobs became billionaires. Who doesn’t like a billionaire? Of course, as with anything else in this world, once the process began, it has only accelerated over time, so that nerds are not only more accepted now, they are fetishized and celebrated. People want to BE nerds now*. What on Earth? The acceleration of this process has been magnified and quadrupled and exploded via the Internet. If you were to believe that the nerd-controlled Internet played an actual role in gauging what matters in the world, a statement I believe is verifiably false, then movies like Scott Pilgrim VS. the World are works of pure genius that will revolutionize the way we think about art, and jailbreaking an iPhone can end world hunger. Of course, that is not the case. In reality, nerds are still nerds, no matter how many albums Weezer sell, or how many Urban Outfitters bathroom books claim something to the contrary. Nerds have not inherited the Earth, they have only proven themselves a viable niche incredibly susceptible to targeted marketing strategies. And so Scott Pilgrim VS. the World opens fifth at the box office, making only 10.5 million dollars, and world hunger continues apace. Every time the nerds forget their place, the world is more than happy to shove them back in the locker. Get in the locker nerds, you’re confused!

That being said, Scott Pilgrim VS. the World is an enjoyable movie to watch with your eyes!

The movie’s reliance on comic book tropes and videogame kinetics makes it one of the more frenetic and enjoyably paced popcorn movies in awhile. It is just always moving! BING BONG BLIP BLOOP BOING! Admittedly, the visual trickery was a little bit like 3-D, in the way that when you watch a 3-D movie it is very fun and awesome for the first 15 minutes or so, and then the 3-D kind of fades into the background and the focus returns to the story/characters/HUMAN EMOTIONS or whatever. Same here. Luckily, when you did acclimate yourself to the aesthetic tricks to the point of paying attention to the actual story, the story wasn’t bad! Being white IS hard! We’ve all dated someone whose romantic history made us uncomfortable and tested our martial arts skills.

I never actually read the comic books, although I feel like that doesn’t matter here, considering how excited everyone was with how closely the movie followed the source material. I feel confident in feeling like I “get it.” But here’s a question: in the book, is Scott Pilgrim really such an insufferable whiny bitch tucked into a child’s body? NO OFFENSE TO MICHAEL CERA. He is an actor playing a role, and I’m sure he wore a full-body motion capture suit and had his tiny reverse-Avatar body CGI’ed in in post, but for a movie about a young man’s tortured love life, I couldn’t help but wonder the whole time: who would love THAT? He’s such a whiny little bitch! With a terrible haircut! And a weak moral center! What is all the fuss about, supporting female characters**?

The other major problem I had was the looming countdown of Ramona’s seven evil exes to defeat. Because after the first, let’s say three, I was feeling kind of done, but knew there were four more to go. And after the next fight there were still three, and so on. And when the fucking Evil Michael Cera showed up for a SURPRISE eighth battle, I almost barfed, just a big old OH COME ON barf, but luckily that turned out fine. Very charming, Evil Michael Cera. You almost had me there for a second, sir.

But all in all, the movie was very enjoyable. I could especially imagine enjoying it as a teenager. I’m not one anymore, and haven’t been one since the invention of color photography. But, the obsession with music (and I’m sure the mid-90s era Smashing Pumpkins ringer tees did not hurt tugging on my nostalgia strings) and the blind-muddling through ill-conceived love overlayed with the lazer blasts and the slow-mo fights and the pee bars and point counters: very adolescent. Very fun. There was one scene in particular, when Ramona goes over to Scott’s shitty apartment, and he cooks her dinner, and then they are sitting on the filthy carpet together next to a mattress with no bed frame, and the whole thing is incredibly romantic in the way that sitting on a dirty floor with a girl whose hair is more Panic than Manic (ding dong!) after eating pasta covered in store-bought sauce directly from the pot is romantic when you are 22 years old. I’m no longer at a point in my life where hanging out in a dingy apartment with someone who has no idea what they want to do with their life is in the least bit appealing or “sexy,” but I can remember a time when that was all that there was, and somehow it was enough. And I don’t mind going back there for a couple of minutes every once in awhile. Especially since I know we can’t stay there too long. The pacing of modern pop culture won’t allow it. DING DING DING BLIP BLOOP BONK.

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*Of course, the real nerds out here know that it is not all Yves-Saint-Laurent waistpants and thick Prada glasses. The real social anxieties of feeling ostracized and separate from your peers is as painful as ever. But as much as the fundamentals of being “different” remain the same we can agree that the public perception of nerds has changed drastically.
**Not to mention the fact that there was not a single moment that even half-heartedly attempted to explain why Ramona started liking Scott. She was cold and stand-offish towards him, and then they just were dating all of a sudden. Not even a lazy montage. NOT EVEN A LAZY MONTAGE!
Comments (136)
  1. Scott Pilgrim is a Canadian nerd.

  2. I DID not watch THIS. WHEN having to CHOOSE BETWEEN Michael CERA kicking some ass and THE ENTIRE cast of the EXPENDABLES kicking ass, I’m PICKING THE fucking LATTER EVERY time. Sorry NERDS. I’M SURE this movie IS ENJOYABLE ENOUGH.

    • It was pretty fucking enjoyable.

    • Is there supposed to be a secret message here if you read just the capitals or something? No, okay.

    • Perhaps it’s because my parents wouldn’t buy me a video game system, so I only got a second hand SNES from my friend when he got Playstation in 6th grade, or perhaps because, I’ve never really enjoyed comics *ahem* graphic novels, or perhaps it’s because I’m tired of Michael Cera playing the whiny loser that somehow gets the hot girl, but I have absolutely no desire to go see this movie, no matter how many people say it’s good, I just don’t think it’s for me.

      • You hit the nail on the head. I completely agree, especially the Michael Cera part. I feel like every movie he does is a slight variation of the same basic concept. Same principle with Adam Sandler, yet Michael Cera gets a lot more respect. I’m not saying that people should respect Adam Sandler BY ANY MEANS. I’m more saying people shouldn’t respect Michael Cera as an actor as much as they do.

        • Between the two, Sandler is the more interesting actor. He could easily coast on his multi-million dollar grossing fart movies and yet every once in a while he stretches and sometimes gives a pretty decent performance.
          Cera on the other hand (he is younger but whatever) has played the same character in the same clothes with the same mannerisms in 2 movies a year for the past 4 years. And I seriously doubt he has any more range than this.

      • You are all missing out on a great movie.

    • I also skipped on this one to see The Expendables…and I am a little saddened that Expendables wasn’t in the movie club this weekend. Seeing as it was completely awesome, and had the entire audience of 20-something males applauding almost every death. America, if you want to know whats in store for yourself…go watch the audience of The Expendables.

      (p.s. I probably was the one who applauded the most. I love mindless violence.)

    • A big EWWW to the Expendables.

  3. I really enjoyed this movie…I give it an “A.” Somehow, I am still wondering what lovable, creepy kid film critic Jackson would give it.

    • I personally can’t wait for Jackson to review the Best & Worst 4th of July Fucks. What’s that? Someone is handing me my glasses. Oh… oh, well that’s probably better then.

  4. True story, Monsters: a while ago my wife was watching that show “Parenthood”, and she was like, “where do I know that rebellious teenage daughter from?” And I was like, I don’t know, she looks familiar.” Mental note to look her up on IMDb.
    A few days later, the trailer for “Scott Pilgrim” come out, and the internet told me to watch it, so I watched it. And toward the end there was a quick clip of a girl who I also thought looked really familiar. I watched it again, cuz it was bugging me, so I finally looked it up on IMDb.
    And saw that it was the same girl I’d been meaning to look up on “Parenthood”!
    And then I scrolled down to see where I knew her from originally, and, yes, as you probably know:
    Mae Whitman was the immortal Ann Veal.
    So kudos to the casting director of “Arrested Development” for casting someone who made me say “Her?” for two different things at once.

  5. Re: Scott Pilgrim being whiny – In the comics, he was always more clueless and charming (I think from my reading). I thought Cera did a pretty good job with it, but I am a Michael Cera apologist. I think if the movie incorporated some of the things about Scott’s past from the comic, it may have explained things better. But this is the Videogum Movie Club, not the Bookface Differences Between Comic Books and Their Adaptations Club.

    So, yeah, fun times!

    • Yay, Bookface! I concur!

      Also, about Ramona’s rushed affections for Scott— That bugged me too. But it also bugged me that the whole thing took place over the span of a month and a half or whatever (judging from the amount of times Ramona changed hair colors), whereas the comics took place over the span of 1+ years. But whatever! Th movie was a lot of fun and they did try and shape the whole thing into a whirlwind romance thing instead of a long thing where they move in together and then break up and stuff as well as other things that may or may not have happened in the comics themselves but if you want to find out then you should definitely pick them up!

      • I missed the moving in/breaking up/Ramona disappearing/cat anxiety plotline. In the movie, them getting back together at the end was not that big of a deal, since they’d only been together for a month or whatever, whereas in the comic it was… there was more payoff, I guess, as a reader.

  6. I don’t know how to explain it, but Scott Pilgrim was simultaneously better than I thought it would be, and also worse than I thought it would be. Like, I thought the trailers kinda looked terrible and cheesy. But then I heard people talk about how amazing it was, and that it was one of the best movies of the year.

    In reality, it was somewhere in between, duh. It was definitely way better than the trailers appeared, and it wasn’t quite a masterpiece. But the weird part is that I didn’t feel like the story had much depth nor were the characters very three-dimensional. Yet, I still felt that the ending was pretty emotional and a little heartbreaking. Also, I find myself wanting to see it again very soon. This is confusing me. Or maybe I’m just becoming really, really stupid.

  7. I literally can’t figure out why I didn’t like this movie. I liked every piece but not what they added up to. It is a peculiar sensation. Not a good one. But I did dig my bass guitar out of the basement.

    • I agree with this completely. This should have pushed all my right buttons (hell, I’m a female drummer even!) but it only left me feeling old. I felt like giving Ramona a chip at the end was a cheap ploy to excuse her bitchy behavior and nobody really had to grow at the end.

      • Yeah, I agree that nobody seemed to really grow over the course of the movie, “Scott has earned the power of {blank}” notwithstanding. Maybe Knives grew. Maybe Knives is the secret hero of the movie.

    • I think at least the last book is the same way. Book 5 kinda broke my heart but I just finished 6 and I’m kind of just, well there ya go. It ended the way it had too but I think maybe all along the stakes just aren’t really that high. Maybe it IS just “it hard being white” after all.

  8. Kieran Culkin gay roommate character stole the show. Can we have a sequel called Kieran Culkin’s Character vs. The World?

  9. I liked the comic books all right, it was just a shame, I thought, that every other non-villainous character was better than Scott, who is a whiny doofus. But maybe a lot of dudes have lived through a time in their lives when they could not get their actions and speech to reflect their actual feelings, so they came off as emotionally stunted idiots.

    Kim Pine is pretty great though.

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    • “graphic novels” and “comic books” are pretty much interchangeable terms, Steve. If there was a distinction it would be that “graphic novel” is a large, one-shot comic book with an ending, kind of like a book, as opposed to serialized books that never end.

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      • I don’t know that either phrase is really appropriate for the Scott Pilgrim books. It was released in the format that weekly Japanese mangas are released once there are enough of them to fill out a small trade paperback. The only difference being that the Scott Pilgrim ‘chapters’ were never released separately and so the trade paperback version was the original. I kind of like that format a lot, because you don’t need to wait a month in between your 28 pages of story to find out what happens.

        • Yeah, even my explanation wasn’t too clear. They’re all comic books, i.e. narrative art with word balloons that tell a story.

          The real difference is between trade paper backs and graphic novels, the former being a collection of serialized comics printed in monthly increments usually with cliffhanger endings to compel the reader to pick up the next issue, and the latter being a large story published a s asingle volume and usually with a definitive ending.

          The Scott Pilgrim series of graphic novels are akin to the Dark Tower series or the Harry Potter books.

          But like I said- it’s all comics. For someone to think the term ‘graphic novel’ is a high-falooting term designed to somehow raise the importance of comic books is missing the point that it’s just a descriptive term used to better specify the intended format of the story.

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          • Oh Steve, please understand that I knew I would be feeding you, the troll, if I decided to reply. But my response wasn’t really FOR you. Get it?

          • The non-issue people make out of comic book terminology is silly. People getting muddled in it always reminds me of when I was a teenager and my friends’ parents would ask me

            “Why is it that in JAP-animation none of the people LOOK Japanese?”

            Why are the Simpsons yellow? Are they supposed to be white? Are they asian?
            1) kind of racist, and
            2) They’re fucking cartoon characters!

            It’s a hurdle as big as a fucking thumbtack and you can’t get over it? Shit it must suck to be that dumb.

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          • You failed at getting that in order.

          • And you forgot the part where you’re dumb.

            OH SNAP!

    • Steve, I can see how you might find reading comics difficult, what with their non traditional format. I mean, there’s speech bubble all over the show. Who said what?!? All it takes is a little practice, dude. You’ll pick it up in no time.


  11. “Welcome to the club, Scott.”

  12. I didn’t see this movie, and I probably won’t- but I am so sick of Micheal Cera. He’s only been in two movies this year (This and Youth in Revolt) but it seems like I have to see a commercial for one every month. Also, because this is a movie- everyone is pretty. How nerdy can you be if you are very pretty? It doesn’t seem like it counts.

  13. I was super excited for this movie to come out, having read all the comics and everything; And it was so good! I am completely and nerdily enamored with it. It really was pretty faithful to the source material, so even the people I went with (who had never even heard of the comics) totally followed it and enjoyed it. Although they did leave out a little about Ramona’s and Scott’s respective pasts that kinda woulda made it easier to understand. Also, I don’t think there was a single miscast character in the entire movie. Everyone did a pretty excellent job. Maybe I am blinded by my love for the comics, but I just thought the entire thing was a blast! Maybe it’s because I am the key demographic for movies like this.

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  15. Am I the only person who [spoiler alert?] didn’t understand why at the end of the movie Scott’s allegiances shifted back and forth from Ramona to Knives and back again and back again? When was Knives ever a viable option? It felt cheap, and ultimately undermined the relationship between Scott and Ramona, like oh, I’m sure they will live happily ever after given that it seems like neither one of them particularly wants to date the other one! But I should defer to the nerds. It’s entirely possible that there was something in the book that is missing here.

    • I READ that shit IS MUCH clearer in THE COMICS.

    • My girlfriend and I left the theatre and she said that she liked the ending where Scott gets with Knives and I said that that made no sense and she said it’s like in Wizard of Oz where you have to understand that what you have is more important than the new shiny that is in your life. I said, no, no that’s completely wrong. Wizard of Oz made no sense because there was never a time where Dorothy should have wanted to go back to Kansas. There was no colour there, her Aunt/Uncle didn’t even stick up for her dog, and there she has no say in life unlike in Oz where she’s the freakin best. So, no. You’re not right.

      ..and then instead of seeing how much of an analytical genius I am she didn’t talk to me the whole way home. So, thanks Scott Pilgrim.

      • Did you guys possibly leave the theater about 90 seconds before the end of the movie?

        • She decided there were two endings and she was choosing the one where Scott and Knives watch Ramona walk away. Because that would have been uplifting.

          …man, am I glad she doesn’t know what a message forum is. Or videogum. Or my feelings!

          • Hmm…I agree with your girlfriend about the Wizard of Oz…sort of. Dorothy could never stay in Oz, mostly because it was her [Spoiler Alert] COMA DREAM but more importantly, it was not where she belonged. However, that was also never the point, whether or not she stayed… It’s about finding who you are through trials and friends and witches etc.

            This can be applied to Scott Pilgrim because he had to take this epic journey to truly find himself (or whatever #duh). That said, Knives needed this journey too, both her own and Scotts? She’s not just a kid anymore. And even Kim needed Scott to de-douche and man up so that she could get on with her life and quit being so angry at him? (did you see that half-smile? She practically exploded with joy.)…Young Neil becoming Neil was also the best. Sooooooo the central theme could almost be letting go and growing up?

            In the end, Scott learned how to not be such a dick and to treat people better-ish. And maybe he should have let Ramona go too? because in the end it didn’t matter that he got the girl but rather the steps he took in trying to win her. Of course, then he would have been homeless. ..

            …or something (btw I have not read the comic, so this opinion is just based on the movie).

            Also, if you would have dismissed me like that (telling me my interpretation of a fantastical make believe story is ‘not right’) I probably would have not talked to you for about ten to twenty minutes either. #teamharkesgirlfriend ♥

    • Yeah, I didn’t understand why that exchange didn’t piss Knives off all over again.

      THE END OF SCOTT PILGRIM (IN MY HEAD):

      Knives: I forgive you for cheating on me.
      Scott: Thanks! Let’s be in a relationship now.
      Knives: Why?
      Scott: You would be sad if I left you.
      Knives: Fuck you and your pity, you fuck.

    • The scene is the desert made me convinced her would choose Knives (“I think I justed learned something”), as did their completely synchronized fight sequence. I really wanted him to pick her. Maybe Young Neil can pick up the slack.

      • But see, the trouble with Knives Chau as a girlfriend is: She is 17 years old and in high school and possibly forbidden from dating white boys. She’s the closest Scott can get to having a relationship without actually having a relationship.

        She’s not supposed to be the girl Scott was meant to be with; she’s supposed to be a symbol of how much of a loser Scott’s become.

        • True, at the start she’s the “easy pseudo relationship” at the start where it’s someone that idolizes him and he doesn’t have to really do anything to keep her. However, there are a few moments (basically the ninja dance revolution and the final battle reprise) where you see that they sync up in a way that Scott and Ramona don’t really do. They may eventually end up together, but basically they both realize they still have some growing up to do.

          Scott isn’t going to end up with Romana either, they don’t really have much in common, but basically they are what the other one needs. To stay together, they both need to deal with issues they have. Both are still in the early/late 20′s self centered mode, and so they can be a pretty good “practice relationship” for each, where she can try and stick with a relationship for a longer time than normal, and he can try to be in a relationship that isn’t about his ego.

  16. G.O.B. vs. The World should get made next.

  17. I also wish there was more Kim Pine. Maybe I just wish there was more Alison Pill. I’d like to see her do more work than Milk, Scott Pilgrim, my dreams, and that Owen Pallett video.

  18. The only thing I didn’t like was that OF COURSE the only weakness of Roxie (Ramona’s girl ex for those who don’t remember) had to be sexual because lets-milk-this-hasbian-stereotype-for-all-its-worth. Other than that and a couple too quick plot transitions: A+.

    • yeah. that was a plot point from a different battle that didnt make it into the movie, and got put into the roxie battle. i liked it a lot, because i loved the books. but i think the thing about the books is the battles can last as long as i want (the power of reading!) where in the movie they sacrificed a lot of the awesome side character details for more battle time. and scott pilgrim is totally a whiny prick in the books also. michael cera was great casting.

  19. I can certainly understand people having mixed feelings about this movie. I had many of the same issues with the characterization of Scott Pilgrim, but I was able to push those problems aside surprisingly easily, and just enjoy a really fun movie.

    The sudden transition between cold Ramona and hot-for-his-body Ramona and in-lurve Ramona actually really worked for me much better than a falling in love montage would have. Speaking as a socially inept loser, every time a girl has become interested in me, I have been utterly unable to figure out why or how. This sudden switch actually seemed more real to me than most falling in love scenes.

    Gabe is super on about the Smashing Pumpkins nostalgia, which made the movie’s sillier and immature aspects much more palatable. Perhaps seeing a Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt magically transports me emotionally to a place where teenage and early-20s logic makes sense again.

  20. I was actually worried Michael Cera wasn’t enough of a jerk to accurately play Scott Pilgrim, who is a character who is a jerk, but I wasn’t pleasantly surprised.

    I agree with people who said Kim Pine was underused, because she was and I enjoyed the parts in the book where you got to know more about Kim’s history with Scott.

    Also, Ex’s 5 and 6 felt very rushed, getting no back story and absolutely NO dialogue! I hope there are features on the DVD’s which I will buy explaining this.

  21. I’ve claimed Shaun of the Dead as my #1 favorite movie of all time for a couple of years now. I think Hot Fuzz is better than SotD, but the former is still my favorite. For many reasons, I thought Scott Pilgrim was going to be my new favorite. I am an Edgar Wrighthead to the bitter end, but this one fell short for me.

    zachary little’s comment about the weird Knives bit at the end was pretty significant in changing the tone of the story. I would consider it a “wrong” choice. When his first two major motion pictures had no major flaws at all for me, the fact that this one had some decent ones was a blow to my expectations. I guess I’ll have to distinguish my expectations of his upcoming work on the basis of whether or not it is an adaptation.

    That said, I love the books. They make me laugh, the art is fine, the pop-culture/videogames stuff is right up my millennials generation alley. I do wish that more of the comic books could have been crammed into the movie, but I knew that wouldn’t happen.

    It breaks down like this: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World will not enter my top 40 favorite films of all time. I will buy it on plastic disc. I will continue to enjoy it forever. I will cherish the comics over the movie. I might see it again in theaters for charity. That’s all.

  22. Scott comes off as a whiny bitch in the movie because he is played by Michael Cera. Don’t get me wrong, in the books he’s also terrible, but in more of a lovably clueless, cheerfully uncomplicated, no interior monologue whatsoever way. This is something Michael Cera is incapable of portraying, so he just comes off as whiny and bland. Weirdly, probably because my expectations were so low, he actually did a slightly better job than I thought he would.

    I felt the pacing of the movie was a bit jarring as well. You have to keep in mind that it condenses six volumes, each of which culminates in an ex fight but has lots of other things going on too. So once you’ve absorbed all the other fun character stuff it’s like, “oh yeah, time for the fight scene.” But the fights are so crucial to the narrative of the film that they can’t really be sacrificed, so what you end up sacrificing is the fun character stuff, which, boo.

    Overall I was satisfied but not bowled over. I was also really confused as to what the elderly woman sitting next to me must have been thinking the whole time.

  23. I used to think Michael Cera was the toddler from Honey I Blew Up the Kids. I still think that.

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  25. One of those cops probably just took the job to get his kids back

  26. Does anyone else think that they took too few liberties with the source material? All the little things that were added really worked for me (the zelda fairy fountain music, the seinfeld music, the puckman flub up with Ramona early on, the vegan police high five), and I’m pretty sure Edgar Wright “got” the comics, so it would have been nice to let some of these scenes and characters breath just a little, instead of the rapid-fire-monotone-where-no-one-moves-their-head-at-all-(except-for-julie-who’s-entire-characterization-is-built-on-head-weaving)-cram-everything-from-the-books-in-you-can-because-this-movie-is-a-shark-and-if-it-stops-it-dies. Am I just a petty tyrant in my kingdom head mad that they didn’t refer to my specific conception of these characters and scenes?

    I also wonder, was everyone just not British enough? Would I have accepted, even celebrated, this if there were British accents? Am I just not British enough? (the answer to that is always yes)

    All things considered though, everyone was really good (including Micheal Cera!) and this was maybe my favorite action movie of the year, I guess I was just expecting more than an action movie.

    Also, Kim Pine seconded (thirded? fourthed?)! More sarcastic girls, please, hopefully not in the background!

  27. scott pilgrim completely outactioned the expendables. i mean, the expendables kill count was outrageous but the gore felt pretty tame to me considering it was supposed to encapsulate 30 years of a genre centred around gore. it was also the slowest boringest incoherent-drivel-est movie i’ve seen in a long time. why did that movie have any dialogue? i was embarrassed watching it for the most part. almost as much as during the trailer for devil and hockey the musical.

  28. Mostly I’m all “what everyone else said” (that movie was very pretty! Scott certainly is an irritating main character! what was the deal with Knives at the end?), but I have two things to add:

    - Was I the only one who’s read the books and was really disappointed by the Nega-Scott fight turning into a throwaway joke? In the books, it’s a pretty important turning point for his character – before he fights Gideon, he has to come to terms with his own jerkiness, accept the past, and learn from his mistakes. In the movies … he makes a brunch date? Don’t get me wrong, that French toast sounded outstanding, but huh?

    - One change from the books I did enjoy was the variation that was introduced for the fights. Instead of Scott punching and blocking and grunting for hours like an episode of Dragonball Z, THIS fight will be part of the battle of the bands! THAT fight will be Ramona moving Scott’s hands and feet for him! Good job, Edgar Wright. Fun fight scenes!

    • point 1- I concur, in that when they alluded to Nega-Scott when he and Knives were playing that arcade DDR ninja game and the nega-ninja came and kicked his head off, I thought that Nega-Scott was going to be VERY important like in the books, so I was disappointed Scott didn’t have to battle his nega-self. BUT! I was glad he didn’t as well because the 6 fights were already a LOT of fights for the movie, to the point where the twins were very “HERE WE ARE! THERE WE GO!” and Gideon I felt didn’t get enough screen time to menace. So one more fight on top of all that might have ruined it.

      point 2- I also concur! The fights were very creative, with each one being cool and different and always offering up something new. And the narrative conceit of tying Scott’s battles in with the battle of the bands subplot to win G-Man’s record contract was a nice touch for the film’s narrative s opposed to the book’s.

  29. Hey, btw, the music created for all the fictional bands was awesome! I really liked the song by The Clash At Demonhead, and all of Sex Bob-Omb’s songs were really good too!! (Good job, Beck!)

  30. I thought it was great and I had a lot of fun!

  31. The movie suffered from the same problems the series did, actually. In the books, it was never clear what Scott and Ramona saw in each other besides the fact they were both atypical love interests for one another and they both liked sushi. Then again, those are pretty accurate reasons for why people fall for each other, especially in their early twenties. P.S. Scott is pretty insufferable in the books too but more characters (namely Kim Pine) routinely call him out on it.

  32. Gabe, I know you learned about the Konami code by way of your grandchildren, but that’s still no excuse for screwing it up. It begins with “up-up-down-down,” not “up-down-up-down.”

  33. And while we’re on the topic of video games, this is a couple of years old but it is still the best. Especially “It’s Fucking Checkers”: http://mightygodking.com/index.php/2008/04/21/fun-from-yesterday/

  34. “We can’t go to the cabin today, George Michael.”

  35. As a non-nerd but a socially inept person, I thoroughly enjoyed this! I know literally nothing about comic books (literally!!!!) and I think I played a video game once when I was eight*, but this movie made me want to be a nerd, you’re right Gabe! And I actually thought Michael Cera did really well in this movie, but maybe I just have a thing for nerds even though I am not one which I think makes me a poser. NERDS DO YOU HATE ME FOR LOVING YOU? AM I A PHONY? Whatever, I still want to date you and ruffle your bad haircut.

    *Just kidding I definitely own Guitar Hero cause I’m a fucking loser.

  36. Are the comics as racist as the movie was?

  37. The one thing this movie taught me is that NYC is not an appropriate barometer of what America likes (I clearly should have learned that already). My theater was packed, and I came out convinced people were going crazy over this movie.

  38. Having not read any of the comments or seen the movie I can say that Gabe pretty much nailed this whole thing down. I have read the books and love them more than most things I have read in my life. But essentially Scott is a douche, Ramona IS cold and makes no sense. But I SOOOOOOOOOOO wanted it to work out for them. I think O’Malley got just enough real life into all the nonsense to give it real pathos. I actually was a lame ass with no job playing bass in a band nobody cared about for 3 years in NYC. I didn’t get an amazing otherworld ice-queen to love me though. That didn’t happen until I moved to Czech Republic and a Czech “manic pixie” archetype broke my heart. Yeh I know boohoo who fucking cares.

    But I have a feeling O’Malley’s use of his own experience coincides with lots of hiptser nerds at a few key points in their actual lives and that’s enough, somehow.

  39. Oh and as for Cera, I was sorely disappointed when I heard he was cast as Scott. Scott is a pussy but not as much of a pussy as Michael Cera, and I like Cera fine. I can’t believe I would say this, and Dead Man’s Bones is 98% of the reason but I think Ryan Gosling would have been a better SP. Also I don’t think Ramona looks right.

  40. I’m late to le part-eh (Canadian am I right?), as always am, but I kinda loved it. Comics are better, Duh. But the movie was preeeetty great. I will not explain why, because I am lazy. But yeah. Okay laters!

  41. Did anyone else hit their head against the seat for about 10 minutes trying to remember where the girl ex is from…finally it knocked in….It’s Bland, I mean Egg, I mean Anne, You’ve meet her like 9 times shes here right now eating a hardboiled egg.

  42. this movie and I had a long make out session and we both loved it.

  43. (Spoiler) Anyone else by chance catch the ironic humor in when Todd Ingram (3rd evil ex) was wearing a very punisher-esque t-shirt during the concert, and at the end of the fight when the Vegan police came that one of them was Thomas Jane from “The Punisher” Movie? Check it out!

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