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'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' to screen

RELEASED: Jan. 13, 2011

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World poster

EAU CLAIRE — "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (2010) will screen Jan. 27-30 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate will present the film at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Michael Cera ("Juno") stars in the comedy, adapted by director Edgar Wright from the series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley.

"Wright takes the tools of a bloodless medium, the video game, and crafts an action-comedy with a true-blue beating heart," wrote the Austin Chronicle.

"Michael Cera elevates deadpan to an art," wrote the Chicago Reader, "starring as a slacker turned action hero in this wildly inventive comedy that's one of the most vivid and spirited adaptations of a comic book since 'Spider-Man' — and one of the hippest since 'Ghost World.'"

Scott Pilgrim's life is awesome. He's 23 years old, in a rock band, "between jobs" and dating a cute high school girl. Everything's fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, Rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. But the path to Ms. Flowers isn't covered in rose petals. Ramona's seven evil exes stand between Scott and true happiness. Can Scott beat the bad guys and get the girl without turning his precious little life upside-down?

"Its speedy, funny, happy-sad spirit is so infectious that the movie makes you feel at home in its world even if the landscape is, at first glance, unfamiliar," wrote The New York Times. "The fights are as much like musical numbers as standard action sequences, and they give Mr. Wright the chance to expand the kinetic visual wit that made his earlier genre spoofs — 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz' — such crazy fun."

The 112-minute film is rated PG-13.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or International Film Society membership. Community members who wish to attend campus films must purchase an annual IFS membership at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby. An individual membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

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JS/DW

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