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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 112m 15s

Release date 25/08/2010

BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence, sex references and bleeped strong language

Genre(s) Action, Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Edgar Wright

Cast includes Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culken, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 15/08/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD is a fantastical action comedy based on a graphic novel. It tells the story of a young man called Scott who falls for the mysterious Ramona Flowers but must defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends before they can be together. The film was classified '12A' for moderate violence, sex references and bleeped strong language.

The moderate violence is fantastical and exaggerated and the fight scenes take place as if within a video game, with characters disappearing and turning into piles of coins when they are defeated. Characters fight with oversized weapons and are knocked through brick walls without a scratch on their bodies. There are a couple of stronger moments, such as when a male character punches a female character in the face, and when another female is kicked down the stairs by the villain. There are also a couple of brief shots of swords emerging bloodlessly through chests, as well as brief sight of a villain's face being slashed, with a thin bloodline appearing. Given the fantastical context, the moderate violence is permissible at '12A' where 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by the context'.

There are a few moderate sex references, including a friend asking Scott, 'And you didn't bang her, are you gay?'; a female character describing an earlier lesbian relationship: 'I was a little bi-curious'; and a comment, 'presumably you just saw some guy's junk', as the hero walks in on his gay room-mate who is in bed with another man. He continues to say 'I need my own bed tonight, it's for sex. I may need it for the rest of the week and the year' as we see them talking while the other man is lying on the bed, clothed.

There are three scenes containing bleeped strong language, with a small black box obscuring the lip movement. However, there are a few instances where the strong language is not completely obscured.

The film also includes several uses of moderate language ('bitch') and mild language ('ass', 'asshole', 'jerk', 'shit', 'slut', 'screw' and 'douche'), as well as a couple of drug references, including: 'I feel like I'm on drugs when I'm with you, not that I do drugs...' when a character tells another about his feelings for her.


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