Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
PG-13
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -4

Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Action/adventure/comedy. Written by Michael Bacall, Edgar Wright. Directed by Edgar Wright.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Geeky Scott Pilgrim falls for Ramona, a girl far out of his league. He soon discovers, however, that his new crush has serious baggage. She has a league of superhuman nefarious exes who are determined to eliminate her newest suitor. As in a Marvel comic book, our hero must do battle and defeat the former lovers (one’s a girl) in order to win the hand of the not so fair maiden.


PREVIEW REVIEW: It’s sweet spirited, but with today’s prerequisite amount of crude sexuality, a further example that love and love making in movies have been replaced by sex and lust. Certainly, lust has been a dominate theme in the lives of humans ever since David took a shine to Bathsheba. But while sexuality has always been the cornerstone for movie madness, the subtlety of bedroom farce in movies has long been replaced by blatantly coarse humor.

I admit to laughing often, as a great deal of the humor is fashioned with wit, and Michael Cera excels at being the nerdy everyman. He’s today’s Don Knotts. What’s more, much of the action is cleverly stylized. But there’s an underlining crudity to the proceedings, and for those of us who still find the sight of men passionately kissing other men about as appealing as the consumption of mushy Corn Flakes, here we must endure a college-aged lothario (Kieran Culkin) eyeing every male in the film with the same enthusiasm Dean Martin’s Matt Helm once shared for every mini-skirted, boot-wearing blond ingénue.

With gay sexuality coming to the forefront of films, society is becoming more accepting of this sexual practice. Is this a good thing, or a bad thing? Concerning this matter, Hollywood is trying to set us all straight (so to speak).

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Universal

Summary
Crude Language: Crude sexual discussions throughout; a girl gives an obscene gesture two times.
Obscene Language: Around 20 obscenities and 10 or 12 minor expletives; the f-word is spoken around seven times – when this word is used by one supporting character, it is purposely bleeped out and a small black patch appears over the culprit’s mouth, but it is obvious what she is saying.
Profanity: The term “oh my God” is used as often as a segment of TV’s Friends.
Violence: Comic book in style, the violence is of the ZAP, POW, SPLAT variety, with the hero doing battle with super-powered baddies.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: Gays kiss; a supporting player lusts over every male he sees.
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Some social drinking.
Other: None
Running Time: 112 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and above

Copyright Preview Family Movie Review (www.previeoOnline.org)