The first half hour of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is as good as any rom-com you'll find. But the last hour is likely to test the patience of rom or com fans who like their doses of action and video-game fantasy in small doses.
Shaggy-haired Canadian rocker Michael Cera is very funny revising every role he's ever had since his brilliant run as young George Michael in Arrested Development. He falls for a multi-color-haired American wanderer named Ramona (played by the mesmerizing Mary Elizabeth Winstead). That part is endearing. Then the movie gets weird and tiresome as Scott learns he has to fight all seven of Ramona's exes before he can truly win his love. Something seems missing from Ramona's character, and I'm not sure we ever learn just why these exes need to be fought off.
Some of the famous bit players also don't measure up to the standards of Cera and Winstead. Jason Schwartzman lacks humor in his role as the mastermind of the evil-exes plot. And Kieran Culkin and Anna Kendrick are underutilized.
*** out of ***** stars