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trailer break: ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…


I’ve been scolded already for not understanding the appeal of Scott Pilgrim, and I think I can pretty much promise those scolders that if this trailer is representative of the film, I will continue not to understand the appeal of it. Cuz it looks like yet another celebration of the Nice Guy(TM), the passive-aggressiveness doormat who constantly complains that women like only assholes and this is why he — the Nice Guy(TM) — is alone… while simultaneously reinforcing the notion that women really do only like assholes.

Guys: Why would you want to date someone with seven evil exes? Does this not call into question the judgment of such a woman, that she would have made so many bad calls when it came to relationships? Do you really want to be next?

Michael Cera is correct here: Seven evil exes is not “baggage.” It’s a reason to run away very fast.

But I guess, as usual, if the woman in question is hot enough, a guy will put up with anything. And men enjoy seeing themselves depicted this way, as poor saps who can be manipulated into anything?

I can’t wait to see this, to learn if I’m wrong about the movie. But even if I am, it’s being sold on this basis. Which is depressing enough.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World opens in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. on August 13.



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