Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
Director: Edgar Wright
Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman
Budget: $85 million
Domestic Box Office Gross: $32 million
Proof that Internet buzz does not a blockbuster make, the fans were all over this movie from announcement to the eve of its release. And then it opened—and flopped like the awkward kid trying to impress his "friends" at the swimming pool. out and it flopped right on its face. The audience was just too niche. If you weren't a nerd, so many of the references will fly right by you. Which is why it's a freaking awesome movie.
Based on the beloved comic book series, Scott Pilgrim features Michael Cera's finest work post Arrested Development. He plays the titular character who must fight off the evil ex-boyfriends of the dreamy new girl he's dating. Existing at the epicenter of so many fanbases—comics, video games, anime, manga—Scott Pilgrim was pop culture overload for unprepared moviegoers just looking for a funny rom-com. Which is a pity, because a film this inspired has to be seen.