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(2010), PG-13 [Hardcore R-13*] (1hr 48min)

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February 10, 2011
February 11, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2010), PG-13 [Hardcore R-13*] ... crude and concupiscent ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Universal Pictures, Marc Platt Productions, Big Talk Productions, Closed on Mondays Entertainment, Goldcrest Post Production London, Relativity Media, Scott Pilgrim Productions
Distribution (US): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Director(s): Edgar Wright
Producer(s): J. Miles Dale, Eric Gitter, Lisa Gitter, Jared LeBoff, Joe Nozemack, Nira Park, Marc Platt, Steven V. Scavelli, Adam Siegel, Ronaldo Vasconcellos, Edgar Wright
Writing Credits: Michael Bacall (screenplay), Edgar Wright (screenplay), Bryan Lee O'Malley (Oni Press graphic novels)
Cinematography/Camera: Bill Pope
Music: Nigel Godrich
Film Editing: Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
Casting: Robin D. Cook, Jennifer Euston, Allison Jones
Production Design: Marcus Rowland
Art Direction: Nigel Churcher
Viewed on Universal Studios Home Entertainment DVD

Depraved degenerate tripe. That is about the best phrase I can think of that describes the content of Scott Pilgrim vs the World. But that is just my opinion. If there is a latent desire of the human identity to feed some crude and concupiscent hunger or some need to at least mentally participate in licentious behavior, this film might do it. Be that as it may ...

This film earned a final score of 27 out of 100. R-rated films in the developmental comparative baseline database earned final scores of 54 and below out of 100. You do the math. This is a hardcore R-13 film. In terms of violence, the film earned a score of zero out of 100 in Wanton Violence/Crime. In terms of profanity, crude/rude behavior and lying (Impudence/Hate) the film earned a zero out of 100 score. In terms of Sexual Immorality, the film earned a score of zero out of 100. And so on. Over the years I have found our readers are quite capable of gathering the meanings displayed by the CAP thermometers.

Scott (Michael Cera) is a 22 year old nerdy type who is dating 17 year old high school girl, Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) who loves his Sex Bob-ombs band. But deep down inside Scott still loves his high school sweetheart, Envy Adams, a.k.a. Natalie (Brie Larson of Hoot).who has also become a member of a band. But along comes Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) for whom Scott is experiencing a strong attraction even though Scott's sister, Stacey (Anna Kendrick) advises otherwise. Little does Scott know that along with Ramona comes the Seven Exes whom Scott must defeat before he can have Ramona.

Note that a few of the performers in this film have fame from other films such as Anna being Jessica in two of the three Twilight films and the Twilight installment yet to come. Ramona is also Gwen/Royal Pain from Sky High. I am surprised that such experienced and talented performers would get connected with this caliber of "entertainment." But as William Shatner, the Captain Kirk of Star Trek fame once said, "There's no accounting for taste."

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zeero out of 100
Violence content appears mainly as evil super powers. Some "video game" gore appears as the head of one of the characters is blown off its body. Physical fighting and beatings are clearly beyond what the human body can take. All of it is clearly fantasy but that does not excuse the violence of it. Once the world thought that if violence is clearly fantasy that its counterproductive and corruptive influence is negated. But such is not true. Any form or extent of violence, even in and as entertainment, can influence and indeed has influenced observers into aggression, especially youth. So sayeth God [Prov. 16:29] and so sayeth four professional American health agencies.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Forty-one times someone utters profanity of some sort. In a long sequence Winstead utters 12 masked uses of the most foul of the foul words. Though masked they still cause the word to form in the mind of the one who hears them and thus does not absolve the utterer of the sin of speaking filthy communication [Col. 3:8]. So, abbreviating, distorting or any other form of attempts to mask use of profanity does not negate the sin of doing so. Not even quoting.

Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
Scott Pilgrim vs the World is about half-n-half between heterosexual and homosexual. One of the Sex Bob-omgs is gay and freely flaunts it to the point of having a male partner in his bed with a male to male kiss. I know it is politically incorrect and even illegal in some societies to speak out against the practice of homosexuality but "society" does not determine whether a chosen behavior is sinful. God does. And God clearly declares the practice of homosexuality to be a sin as much as any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage. [1 Cor. 6:9-10] Y'see, God spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there. No one in society has done that for us.

Note that I said "chosen behavior" above regarding the practice of homosexuality. Yes, the practice of homosexuality is a chosen behavior. Each and every single non-autonomous movement of the human body is a choice. No exceptions. No debate. And practicing homosexuality is not innate, no one is "born that way." Even the grad school scientist who claimed to have found a "gay" gene has been proven to be not only a poor scientist but a liar as well. I suppose some are born with what is called same-sex attraction. I have never experienced it and cannot speak to it. But I can say that having same-sex attraction does not make one "gay." Acting on it does ... which fortifies the fact that practicing homosexuality (and immoral heterosexuality ) is a choice. And, NO, God does NOT hate "fags." God hates no one. He hates some of the things we choose to do but He does not hate us. Neither may we hate "fags." We must do what we can compassionately and gently help the victim of bondage to sin escape such bondage (even our ourseves and our own) but we must not hate they who choose to practice homosexuality. We must love them enough to tell them the Truth. Even ourselves.

The rest of the sexual content includes making out, innuendo regarding intercourse and anatomical references. the listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides the details. [Col. 2:20 - 3:6, 1 Ths. 4:1-5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 57 out of 100
Drinking. A drinking party. Bars. Booze. Drunkenness. It's all there. For your 13 year old children. The American College of Physicians has a warning for you.

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was
  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]
  • Offense to God (O) - 7 out of 100
    Nineteen times someone abused God's name. God does not like that. [Deut.5:11] In addition, characters are portrayed as exercising evil powers.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    There were no murders or suicides noted. There were extensive fantasy killings where the victims broke up into little pieces (which were incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime as "exaggerated fantasy violence") thus emulating video games, but no murders or suicides.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" ["man" here is enowsh {en-oshe"}: man (collective), mortal, person, mankind; contracted for iysh {eesh}: whosoever, each] can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not since the cinematic display is at the hands men and women, in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil or the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • 1 Cor. 6:9-10 Know ye not that the [unforgiven] unrighteous [adikos: unjust, sinful] shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:
  • neither fornicators [pornos: a man who prostitutes his body to another's lust for hire, a male prostitute, a man who indulges in immoral sexual intercourse],
  • nor idolaters [eidololatres: a worshiper of false gods, even mammom (wealth, riches)],
  • nor adulterers,
  • nor effeminate [malakos: he who keeps a boy kept for homosexual relations (such as the North American Man-boy Love Association - NAMBLA); a male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness; a male prostitute],
  • nor abusers of themselves with mankind [arsenokoites: one who lies with a male as with a female, sodomite, homosexual practitioner],
  • Nor thieves, nor covetous [pleonektes: one eager to have more, esp. what belongs to others],
  • nor drunkards,
  • nor revilers,
  • nor extortioners,
  • shall inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Col. 2:20 - 3:6 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified [hagiasmos: purified in your heart and life]: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), speech, promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them. Be not a seeker of any manner of sexually-oriented imagery or behavior outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage. For any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than in prayer, with respect or reverence or in responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus/Christ when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" or "I was quoting" will not work with God.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • "video game" gore, repeatedly
  • fantasy fighting, somewhat graphic, repeatedly
  • exaggerated fight
  • exaggerated beating
  • hit to face of female by male
  • exaggerated fantasy violence of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • pulling flaming sword out of chest, twice
  • flaming sword impalement through chest

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 41 uses of profanity
  • 12 masked uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • multiple uses of crude term
  • rude gesture
  • lies
  • racial insult

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • sexual innuendo re: intercourse, repeatedly
  • band title calling sex into thoughts
  • homosexual/lesbian topics and references, frequent
  • adult male dating a high school girl
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • making out twice, once in bed
  • male-to-male kiss
  • anatomical reference, repeatedly
  • intercourse talk, repeatedly
  • clearly intentional view of female crotch from below with legs spread apart, twice
  • male sexually with male, twice

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 57 out of 100
  • drinking party, drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness
  • booze, repeatedly
  • bar, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - 7 out of 100
  • 19 abuses of God's name
  • portrayal of evil powers, frequent
  • appearance of evil counterpart

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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