Edgar Wright’s cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is an unprecedented sci-fi comedy starring Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, a 22-year-old unemployed amateur bassist who plays in a Toronto garage band. His world goes off the rails when he meets Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and is smitten by her manic-pixie dream girl charm. However, there are a few obstacles to winning over the girl, seven to be precise – her evil superhero ex-boyfriends, all of whom must be defeated.
This 2010 film is an adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels, with visual effects that present a medley of video games, manga, and martial arts films. The imaginative CGI effects, hilarious action sequences, brilliant transitions and hilarious editing make it a film in its own right in many ways. If you are a sci-fi comedy lover looking for more movies like this then you sure had a rough time. However, we managed to compile a list of movies that are very similar to this one. You can watch most of these films that are comparable to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Based on the media franchise created by Douglas Adam, the sci-fi comedy is adapted from a 1978 radio show that has since been adapted into numerous formats, including novels and a TV series. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy takes us on the journey of a desolate Englishman, Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman), after Earth was destroyed by the Vogons. The Vogons are sneering, construction-ship-cruising aliens tasked with building an intergalactic bypass.
Together with his friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def), who also turns out to be an alien, they hitchhike across the galaxy with the travel guide of the same name. The film, directed by Garth Jennings, is similar to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in terms of its witty visuals, surreal visualization, and slapstick humor.
7. Attack the Block (2011)
Another sci-fi comedy centered around intergalactic chaos is Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block. On Guy Fawkes night, a group of teenagers and an unfortunate woman are forced to band together and defend their south London neighborhood from eyeless, predatory aliens with a hyper-developed sense of smell. The film contains numerous animatronics and more than 100 CGI effects that were developed within 4 months. Much like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, he has a well thought out story arc. Additionally, both films received positive reviews despite underperforming commercially.
6. Kick Ass (2010)
Kick-Ass is a story about a superhero without supernatural powers, brimming with comic violence. The superhero in question is an ordinary teenager, Dave Lizewzki, who goes by the alias Kick-Ass. As the film progresses things get really complicated after he meets Hit Girl and her father Big Daddy who are on a mission to destroy their longtime enemies Frank D’Amico and his son Red Mist.
Like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Matthew Vaughn’s directing work is based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The characterizations of the protagonists of both films are quite similar – the dopey slacker who fights bad men and emerges victorious .
5. Zombie Land (2009)
In Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland, four survivors of the apocalypse are stricken with the zombie disease and are struggling to keep that status. Clumsy college student Columbia (Jesse Eisenberg), armed zombie killing expert Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), and sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) team up to make their way to Los Angeles’ Pacific Playland, that is supposed to be a zombie-free zone. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is not only set in the sci-fi genre, but also resembles Zombieland in terms of the characterization of the protagonists, who are both cute and quirky with soft voices.
4. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
Directed by Jason Reitman, ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ follows a single mother of two who moves into her late father’s farmhouse in Summerville, Oklahoma. As the film progresses, children Trevor and Phoebe discover that their grandfather, Egon Spengler, was on a mission to protect the world from the powerful spirits that dwell in the Summerville mines.
Continuing his legacy of saving the world from the ghosts, the two children and their friends set out in search of them, using Egon’s equipment to capture them at the farm. But they are a bit overwhelmed with that. The film ends on a deus ex machina as Egon’s ghost appears and helps capture Gozer. In Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a deus ex machina occurs when Scott unexpectedly manages to befriend his alter ego.
3. Pixels (2015)
An alien race misinterprets a video message featuring classic arcade games as a hostile message and wages war on Earth using giant pixelated characters from the same games. The United States appoints former champions of classic arcade games to lead the war on defense. The Pixels movie is similar to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in its rendering of elements of these classic games with CGI effects.
2. Free Guy (2021)
‘Free Guy’ starring Ryan Reynold and Jodie Comer is a sci-fi comedy directed and produced by Shawn Levy. It’s about a bank teller named Guy who one day discovers he’s a non-player character in a massive multiplayer game world called Free City. Another film with spectacular graphic effects that, like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, works with video game-inspired images overlaid on the real world.
1. Sin City (2005)
The neo-noir film Sun City is based on the original comics by Frank Miller and was directed by him in collaboration with Robert Rodriguez. Starring Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis, the film is a crime anthology about the corruption that plagues Basin City. It was presented in Cannes and won the Grand Prix of Engineering. A commonality between the film and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the visual homage to comic books to varying degrees.