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Posted at 1:25 PM ET, 08/26/2010

'Scott Pilgrim' vs. YouTube

By Sarah Anne Hughes


Posted by Sarah Anne Hughes

Not a lot of people went to see "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." The film debuted in the No. 5 position at the box office, taking in only $10.5 million despite generally positive reviews. The colorful comic book film fell to 10th place the next weekend, raising the cumulative gross to just $20.7 million. Maybe the film is too comic-booky or too focused at young people. Maybe people just don't like Michael Cera.

While "Scott Pilgrim" was not a box office success, it is a surprisingly good vehicle for YouTube mashups.

Exhibit A: "Scott Pilgrim" and "The Matrix"

When you think about it, "The Matrix" and "Scott Pilgrim" have a lot in common. Action-packed fight scenes, pretty female leads, a geeky fanbase and dopey heroes. After watching this, I think a special edition of "The Matrix" should be released with "Ka-pow!"s and "Bang!"s added. Above all, I hope this great video will cheer up sad Keanu.

Exhibit B: "Scott Pilgrim" and "The Last Airbender"

Don't worry. This is not a mashup between "Scott Pilgrim" and the recent M. Night Shyamalan disaster. Perhaps this mashup with the Nickelodeon cartoon "Avatar: The Last Airbender" works so well because of the use of illustrated characters instead of real-life ones. Somehow Michael Cera's voice sounds better when coming out of a cartoon kid's mouth. The video was given the stamp of approval by "Scott Pilgrim" director Edgar Wright via Twitter: "Okay. I thought Scott Pilgrim Vs The Matrix was the best trailer mash up yet. I was wrong."

"The Matrix" and "The Last Airbender" work surprisingly well with "Scott Pilgrim" audio, don't you think? What are some other films or television shows that should get the same mashup treatment? Let us know in the comments.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  | August 26, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
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Comments

Here's a good article by NYT video game reviewer about why he didn't like the movie: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/movies/25pilgrim.html?_r=1&hpw

Posted by: kabuki3 | August 26, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Harold and Maude, please!

Posted by: OliveJane | August 26, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Saw Scott Pilgrim last weekend. I thought it was pleasantly silly (the evil-ex #3 cracked me up though), I thought Kieran Culkin was very funny and Mary Elizabeth Winstead very pretty with the wigs framing her face like that, but that's about it.

And I will add to the pile-on: I'm tired of seeing Michael Cera in the exact...same...role.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | August 26, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

@kabuki3: that review was awful.

Scott Pilgrim is one of my favorite movies of all time, yo. And the soundtrack is the beast. And the soundtrack to the Scott Pilgrim video game is also the beast (music by Anamanaguchi).

Posted by: steampunk | August 27, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

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