Love Is A Battlefield

Finding out about a significant other’s past relationships is no fun task -- but imagine battling all of your sweetheart’s exes to win her ultimate affection. We’re not talking metaphorically. We mean physically defeating your opponents, Mortal Kombat-style. Scott Pilgrim kept the fights pretty PG and never proclaimed “finish him!” while dueling with Ramona Flowers’ evil exes, though love eventually conquered all after seven grueling battles.

The movie in which he does battle, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, is full of such Easter eggs as Scott’s “zero” shirt, which is more than a Smashing Pumpkins reference. Throughout the film, each ex is assigned a number, whether it’s Todd Ingram hanging out behind door number four, or Scott battling Gideon on level seven. Scott’s zero shirt means he isn’t an evil ex since he’s a nicer guy than most of Ramona’s past flames -- as long as you forget about his drama with Knives Chau.

Kick some eight-bit butt at Phoenix Art Museum’s screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at 7 p.m. Friday, August 2, at 1625 North Central Avenue in conjunction with the exhibition "The Art of Video Games." Tickets are $7. Call 602-257-1222 or visit

Fri., Aug. 2, 7 p.m., 2013
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Melissa Fossum
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