This is At the Buzzer’s countdown of the best 25 comedies of all-time. Our panel of 10 cast their votes, and we’re revealing the results one by one until we get to No. 1 on Tuesday, May 10.
And now, our number 22:
22) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (4 votes, 124 points)
You once were a ve-gone, but now you will begone.
Chris: Scott Pilgrim is another movie on this list that wasn’t gangbusters at the box office, but found a lot more success once it released on VHS/DVD/Blu-ray. I think that in this particular case, it’s because the movie is tough to condense into a 30-second trailer, and it already appealed to a niche market in the first place. The mainstream moviegoer wasn’t going to be familiar with Brian Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel.
Once you sat down and strapped in, though, Scott Pilgrim was a fun ride from start to finish. The visual style was uniquely kinetic, but most of the laughs came from the seven evil exes. I have to give love to two in particular: Chris Evans as a douchebag movie star skateboarder who is way too aware of how cool he is, and apparently has a million stunt doubles; and Brandon Routh as a superior bass player who also happens to have telekinetic powers because he’s a vegan. Hell, my favorite stretch in the movie is when the Vegan Police shows up to take away his powers, which gives us the line above as well as Thomas Jane doing an exceedingly goofy high-five.
Scott is a difficult character to like in some ways, but he’s such a milquetoast that you end up rooting for him in some ways, and laughing at him in others. But my favorite character is his sister, played by Anna Kendrick, who just kills it in her limited screen time as the only person who doesn’t understand what the hell is happening, and why everyone seems to have video game-like abilities.
There’s plenty of young talent in this movie and plenty of amusing moments along the way. This is a bit of a nontraditional pick for a comedy list, but I’m actually kinda happy that it snuck into the top 25.
Cary: I was confused when I saw this movie. I don’t think I was its target audience. And I’m not sure I understood the appeal of Michael Cera. I remember it for the action, mostly. Was it funny, too?
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