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The film:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Done on purpose for the film, where if it was about Stephen and his band trying to make it big but Scott accidentally screws up by being strung on Ramona and they only get successful without him, just like his own ex-girlfriend.
  • Anticlimax Boss: Nega-Scott. Not that that's a bad thing.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: According to this article, that is why the movie didn't do well. The emphasis on the problems of 20-somethings alienated people over 30, the allusions to 80's-90s video games and pop culture alienated most people under the age of 21 (who in most cases wouldn't have been born or old enough when the games came out), and Michael Cera was subject of some Hype Backlash thanks to the perception that he'd been playing the same meek hipster characters over and over (a notion that the trailers did little to dispel, heavily featuring Scott's meeker moments and omitting his more jerkass ones). Years after the movie was released, bringing it up on certain platforms is a good way to summon people in their late twenties who have absolutely no interest on watching it because they couldn't care any less about the misadventures of a nerdy Dogged Nice Guy chasing after a girl, finding the premise way too reminiscent of the late 2000s "nerd culture" they would rather forget.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Probably that song Matthew Patel was singing while he was summoning those demon hipster chicks. In canon, even, it seems.
      Stacey: [after Patel breaks into a Bollywood-style number] What?
    • Even though he was a big deal in the graphic novel, the Nega-Scott came completely out of nowhere in the film, except for an incredibly brief moment of probably the vaguest foreshadowing you could do. The deleted scenes on the DVD show Scott seeing Nega-Scott's reflection in the mirror twice, so it looks like there was more foreshadowing planned, it just got cut—which would have probably made the eventual punchline (they're exactly the same) even funnier.
  • Cult Classic: The movie may have had a rather niche premise, but it attracted a devoted if equally niche fanbase. Thankfully, it has developed good word-of-mouth and a healthy home video life.
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  • Ending Fatigue: Scott goes to Gideon's club, getting past the bouncers with impromptu passwords. He goes inside and makes amends with his band before beating up Gideon's mooks. Then he has to gain the Power of Love and fight Gideon. After that, Knives and Ramona briefly fight so Scott has to break them up and apologize for being a Jerkass. Then Gideon comes back and kills him. He goes through Sub-space, learns of Ramona's control chip, and uses the one-up he earned earlier to come back. He then has to do everything all over again. He gets past the bouncers (this time by punching them instead of going through the passwords), fights off the mooks again, makes amends with his band again, gets the Power of Self Respect, defeats Gideon's demon cheerleaders, beats Gideon, stops a fight between Knives and Ramona again, apologizes for being a Jerkass, frees Ramona from Gideon's control, and the three of them beat Gideon again. [deep breath] Then Gideon sends Nega-Scott after him but that "fight" is at least off-camera. After all that, he goes outside to Knives and Ramona and chooses which one he wants to be with. Whew. And all of this takes more than a quarter of the whole film.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Most people walking out of the theater could be heard praising "that drunken gay guy" which fans will know as Wallace.
    • The Vegan Police had quite the following, to the point many would like a Spin-Off movie featuring them be put into work. Thomas Jane playing one certainly helped cement them in this status.
    • Kim Pine had quite a couple of followers too.
    • Of the evil exes, Todd was seen as the one people liked most. Apparently, being vegan does make you better than other people!
  • Evil Is Cool: The Evil Exes retained this from the comics, who all have a wide assortment of ridiculous skills including veganism-induced psychic powers, being a half-ninja, summoning dragons from amplifiers, and more.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Roxy Richter.
    • Matthew Patel would be pleased to know some people dig the goth-hipster-pirate look.
  • Foe Yay: Gideon's way of speaking to Scott were... interesting to say the least.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Ramona's line when she fights Knives, "I didn't steal Scott! I didn't steal anyone!" becomes this after her actress, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, received a lot of backlash online after Ewan McGregor announced he was leaving his wife and seen dating her, with people blaming Winstead for the divorce, one of the most vocal being McGregor's daughter.
  • Hype Backlash: Not a huge amount, but at least a number of people were vocal about their dislike of the film, mostly out of chagrin towards members of the nerd crowd endlessly going on about it being the best movie ever.
  • Memetic Mutation: Chris Evans' hammy performance as "pretty good" actor Lucas Lee has lead to a joke about how Lucas Lee should have been cast as Captain America.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Scott. His jerk traits are a lot more visible in the movie, surprisingly. It's (arguably) fairly justified for most of what we see since a lot of it stems from the whole "have to fight Ramona's Evil Exes" thing.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: The endless pop-ups for this film if you visited at the right time. Yes, pop-ups for a film!
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Vegan Police. The Exes generally have few scenes. In the strictest sense, Matthew Patel and the Katayanagi Twins qualify; we see a short clip from a Lucas Lee film before his one other scene, and Todd Ingram's scenes all lead directly into one another in a ten-minute sequence.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Scott/Knives ended up becoming one in hindsight; originally, the intended ending was for Scott to get back together with Knives, and her increased role in the film was meant to build up to this. Then Edgar Wright learned of the ending to the comic and ended up changing the film's ending based off of this. So we're left with all this subtext between Scott and Knives without them becoming a couple again. On the home versions, the Scott/Knives pay-off was actually released as an full alternate cut of the ending.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Shocking Moments: Stacey's Flat "What" when Patel breaks into a Bollywood song and dance number is a masterpiece of Lampshade Hanging.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: The movie opens slowly; over a half-hour passes before the first Evil Ex appears, even longer before Gideon enters the picture.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The movie makes it clear that in order for a relationship to work, it takes something more powerful than The Power of Love. Namely, the Power of Self Respect, and The Power of Friendship, too.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Some fans would argue that this is the closest thing they could have a live-action adaptation of Revolutionary Girl Utena. While the original comic book also made a reference to the anime, the franchise share the similar theme with it as well.
  • Tainted by the Preview: From the marketing for this film, one would think it was just a dumb summer comedy about the hipster generation and video game culture. See Audience-Alienating Premise and Trailers Always Spoil.
  • What an Idiot!: Scott gets one from Wallace when Scott gets an email from Matthew Patel, outlining the League of Evil Exes' format and what would be coming his way, and then Scott dismisses it as rubbish until his sudden fight with Matthew. Granted, when was the last time you took a threat over the internet seriously?
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Due to the flashy visuals, toilet humor, and videogame references, IMDb users passed it off as a "kiddie" movie. Need we remind you that this is a movie that has sexual references (although mild), several homosexual scenes/references, Scott accidentally saying that he wants to give Knives a golden shower, Scott being impaled by the seventh ex (yes, he comes back with a 1-Up, and there's no blood, but still!), and one of the exes dying from having an orgasm. This film actually was not as successful as hoped since it was too "adult" for children and too "kiddie" for most adults.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim. Sure, they're both dorky, but Scott is an overly-dramatic, outgoing idiot while Michael Cera is known for playing meek whiny intellectuals, two very different kinds of dork. Bizarrely enough, this decision was made by the author himself.
  • The Woobie:
    • Poor Knives, more so in the film. First Girl Wins was even played with, but ultimately averted. Notably, the producer even believed that to such a degree... He shot the ending TWICE.
    • Ditto for Stephen. You know you wanted to give him a hug whenever his stage fright kicked into high gear.


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