Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley. The film is about Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), a young Canadian musician, meeting the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), an American delivery girl. In order to win Ramona, Scott learns that he must defeat Ramona's "seven evil exes", who are coming to kill him. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was planned as a film after the first volume of the comic was released. Wright became attached to the project and filming began in March 2009 in Toronto. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World premiered after a panel discussion at the San Diego Comic-Con International on July 22, 2010. It received a wide release in North America on August 13, 2010 in 2,818 theaters. The film finished fifth on its first weekend of release with a total of $10.5 million. The film received generally positive reviews by critics and fans of the graphic novel, but it failed to recoup its production budget during its release in theaters, grossing $31.5 million in North America and $16 million overseas. However, the film has fared better on home video, becoming the top-selling Blu-ray on Amazon.com during the first day it was available.
In Toronto, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), the bass guitarist for the band "Sex Bob-omb", begins dating high schooler Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). Scott meets an American girl, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who has been appearing in his dreams, and becomes obsessed with her - losing interest in Knives. While playing in a battle of the bands, Scott is attacked by Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha), who introduces himself as the first of Ramona's "evil exes." Scott defeats Patel and learns from Ramona that, in order for them to date, he must defeat all seven of her evil exes. Her second evil ex, popular actor and skateboarder Lucas Lee (Chris Evans), comes to Toronto to film a movie. Scott breaks up with Knives; still in love, Knives attempts to win him back from Ramona. Scott defeats Lee by tricking him into performing a dangerous skateboard grind which he fails to complete. Scott later encounters the third evil ex, Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh), who is dating Scott's ex-girlfriend, Natalie "Envy" Adams (Brie Larson). Todd initially overpowers Scott using his psychic vegan abilities, but is stripped of his powers by the Vegan Police (Thomas Jane and Clifton Collins, Jr.) after Scott tricks him into having coffee with half and half milk, allowing Scott to defeat him. Scott begins to grow upset with Ramona over her dating history by the defeat of the fourth ex, Roxy Richter (Mae Whitman), as he is afraid of fighting girls. During the second round of the battle of the bands, Sex Bob-omb faces off against the fifth and sixth evil exes, twin Katayanagi brothers Kyle (Keita Saito) and Ken (Shota Saito), earning Scott an extra life upon their defeat. During the battle, Scott sees Ramona together with her seventh evil ex, Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman), who turns out to be Sex Bob-omb's sponsor, G-Man. Gideon offers the members of Sex Bob-omb a record deal and a chance to perform at his newly opened Chaos Theatre. While the rest of the band signs the contract, Scott refuses to accept the offer and leaves the band. Shortly after, Ramona breaks up with Scott. Scott returns home to get a phone call from Gideon, inviting him to the Chaos Theatre to show there are no hard feelings. Scott enters the Chaos Theatre and challenges Gideon to a fight, and professes his love for Ramona, gaining the "Power of Love" sword which he uses to fight Gideon. Gideon strikes Scott in mid-air, making him lose the sword. Knives also crashes the scene (and blocks another attack), to fight Ramona over Scott. Not able to take it any more, Scott goes to break up the girls' fight, and admits that he cheated on them with each other. He is killed by Gideon before he can apologize. In Limbo, Scott and Ramona discuss the reasons for each other's actions. Ramona tells Scott that she broke up with Gideon because he ignored her during their relationship. While they were together however, Gideon had a mind control device planted on the back of her neck. Scott realizes he still has an extra life, which he uses to escape limbo and returns to life at the moment in time where Gideon calls him. Scott re-enters the Chaos Theatre. Scott challenges Gideon again, stating he is fighting for himself and gaining the "Power of Self-Respect" sword. The mid-air strike is repeated, and Scott strikes Gideon. With Gideon unconscious, Scott blocks Knives' attack on Ramona, and apologizes to both girls. Gideon rises to fight Scott again and knocks down Ramona, who betrayed him, but is defeated when Knives and Scott team up to destroy him. Shortly afterwards, NegaScott (a shadow-like alter ego of Scott) appears, but instead of fighting, the two get along quite well. Free from Gideon's control, Ramona prepares to leave. Knives accepts that her relationship with Scott is over, and encourages him to chase after Ramona. He does, and the two start their relationship anew.