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The film:

  • And the Fandom Rejoiced: The news that Wright had been signed on to the movie was met with thajubilation.
    • Hell, the moment you see the Universal logo done in 8-bit with a corresponding remix, you know this is gonna be Totally Awesome.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: According to this article, that is why the movie didn't do well. The emphasis on the problems of 20-somethings alienated people over 30, the allusions to 80's-90s video games and pop culture alienated most people under the age of 21 (who in most cases wouldn't have been born when the games came out), and Michael Cera has a vocal Hatedom.
  • Awesome Music: Scott's fight with the Twins. "Threshold" is a pretty awesome song already, but the way it's used makes this quite the triumphant example.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Several.
    • Probably that song Matthew Patel was singing while he was summoning those demon hipster chicks. In canon, even, it seems.

 *Matthew breaks into a Bollywood-style number*

Stacey: What?

    • Even though he was a big deal in the graphic novel, the Nega-Scott came completely out of nowhere in the film, except for an incredibly brief moment of probably the most vague foreshadowing you could do. The deleted scenes on the DVD show Scott seeing Nega-Scott's reflection in the mirror twice. So it looks like there was more foreshadowing planned, it just got cut.
  • Canadian Bonus: The first evil ex turned into $2.40 CND in coins after being defeated. Scott was wondering how he can get a bus home when Ramona mentioned offhand that she will lend him an extra 35 cents. A bus ticket in Toronto costs $2.75.
  • Cult Classic: The studio that ran this against The Expendables had guaranteed the movie this status.
  • Ear Worm: THIS [1]
  • Ending Fatigue: Scott goes to Gideon's club, getting past the bouncers with impromptu passwords. He goes inside and makes amends with his band before beating up Gideon's mooks. Then he has to gain the Power of Love and fight Gideon. After that, Knives and Ramona briefly fight so Scott has to break them up and apologize for being a Jerkass. Then Gideon comes back and kills him. He goes through Sub-space, learns of Ramona's control chip, and uses the one-up he earned earlier to come back. He then has to do everything all over again. He gets past the bouncers (this time by punching them instead of going through the passwords), fights off the mooks again, makes amends with his band again, gets the Power of Self Respect, defeats Gideon's demon cheerleaders, beats Gideon, stops a fight between Knives and Romana again, apologizes for being a Jerkass, frees Ramona from Gideon's control, and the three of them beat Gideon again. *deep breath* Then Gideon sends Nega-Scott after him but that "fight" is at least off-camera. After all that, he goes outside to Knives and Ramona and chooses which one he wants to be with. *whew*
    • This is possibly done intentionally; the film is based on video games, with Gideon as the Final Boss. In a game, defeating the Final Boss on the first try is rare, and often requires multiple tries. After a while, you get to memorize the cutscene and rush through it. The ending's second run feels a lot like that.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Most people walking out of the theater can be heard praising "that drunken gay guy" which fans will know as Wallace
    • Kim Pine has quite a couple of followers too.
    • Stacey Pilgrim also earned herself a lot of fans.
    • Of the evil exes, Lucas and Todd are seen as the ones people liked most.
  • Expy:
    • Lucas Lee seems a lot like White Goodman. Both arrogant egotistical muscle-heads with their own crews and franchises who take towards trying to beat the protagonist. They also sound quite alike.
    • Kim Pine sounds monotonous for the most part and in utter contempt for the stupidity of her fellows. Much like Daria.
  • HSQ: Very, very high. Stacey's Flat What when Patel breaks into a Bollywood song and dance number is a masterpiece of Lampshade Hanging.
  • Hype Backlash
  • It Gets Better: The movie opens slowly; over a half-hour passes before the first Evil Ex appears, even longer before Gideon enters the picture.
  • MST3K Mantra: If you're thinking hard about the movie, you're doing it wrong. Just lean back and laugh.
    • This just applied to the crazy out-of-nowhere Evil Ex fights and (though consistent) unexplained 8/16 bit video game logic. The relationships between the characters are done completely seriously.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: The endless pop-ups for this film if you visited Canadiandriver.com. Yes, pop-ups for a film!
  • Retroactive Recognition: The second evil ex is Steve Rogers/Captain America!
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The movie makes it clear that in order for a relationship to work, it takes something more powerful than The Power of Love. Namely, the Power of Self Respect, and the Power of Friendship, too.
  • Tainted by the Preview: From the marketing for this film, one would think it was just a dumb summer comedy about the hipster generation and video game culture. See Audience-Alienating Premise and Trailers Always Spoil.
  • What an Idiot!: Scott gets one when he gets an email from Matthew Patel, outlining the League of Evil Exes format (Scott dismisses it as rubbish until his fight with Matthew). Todd also gets one when he comments on his second strike by the Vegan Police after his battle with Scott: "Chicken isn't vegan?" This is also a guy who explained the difference between a true vegan and "ovo-lacto-vegetarian":

 Scott: Anyone can be vegan...

Todd: Ovo-lacto-vegetarian, maybe.

Scott: ...ovo-what?

Todd: I partake in none of the meat, or the breastmilk, or the ovum, of any creature *dramatic hand gesture* with a face.

    • To be fair, this might not really have been so in Todd's case: he'd probably just flouted the rules twice because they operated by a three-strikes system, then pulled an Obfuscating Stupidity in hopes of getting away with the third strike. If not idiocy, however, that would still be quite a concentrated form of arrogance.
  • The Woobie:
    • Poor Knives, more so in the film. First Girl Wins was even played with, but ultimately averted.
    • Ditto for Stephen. You know you wanted to give him a hug whenever his stage fright kicked into high gear.

The game:

Notes

  1. "We Are Sex Bob-Omb" by the eponymous band
  2. "Threshold" by the same band
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