Witty and thoughtful
Nice girl Olive (Emma Stone) tells a friend untruthfully that she lost
her virginity, she is overheard, and the next thing is it's all over
school and her reputation is in tatters. At first, this appears to be a
good thing, but then things get complicated.
Superficially a teen romcom, Easy A is actually a very impressive piece
of work. Drawing on Nathanial Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (in more
ways than several), it is fairly serious underneath. But, on all
levels, it is sharp, witty, and often very funny - it is a pleasure to
encounter a film which pretends to be superficial and trivial, but
which is as well written as this.
All the performances are very good, but Stanley Tucci and Patricia
Clarkson as Olive's parents are very funny, and it is now clear that
Emma Stone has what it takes to hold a movie together - again, she
delivers an intelligent and sexy performance.
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"Easy A" gets an "A" for effort...
(John Hughes would be proud with "Easy A.") Oh, boy, where to start
with this movie, hmm? Well, for one, Will Gluck's "Easy A" provided me
with a brief respite from the day-to-day insanity that is my life. The
last movie I saw in theaters was "Predators" and that was back in July;
that's three months of not having to pay the inflated ticket price of
$8.75 to see a movie. But my self-imposed moratorium on not going to
the movies was well-worth the wait with "Easy A." The script shines in
delivering a fast-paced, laugh-a-minute screenplay with a story vaguely
paralleling "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne (which I never
read in high school); Olive Pendergast (Emma Stone, the husky-voiced
redhead from "Superbad" and "Zombieland" whose career has just been
made with this film) is a social nobody at her shiny, pristine Southern
California high school. But that changes when a little lie to get out
of spending time with her best friend's weird family somehow explodes
into a huge, school-wide rumor about how she allegedly lost her
virginity to some made-up college hunk. A la Hester Prynne in "The
Scarlet Letter," Olive becomes the talk of her high school rumor mill,
with boys approaching her left and right to help them with their
reputations around campus. So she decides to embrace her newfound
infamy (complete with a telltale "A" pinned on the shoulder of her new
wardrobe), much to the chagrin of the high school queen bee (Amanda
Bynes, fresh out of her retirement) and the mascot of the basketball
team (Penn Badgley), with whom Olive shares an unusual romantic past
with. And we all know how one lie leads to an even bigger lie and how
that bigger lie leads to an even bigger lie and so on and so forth.
"Easy A" is a brilliantly acted teen comedy with nods aplenty to the
work of the late John Hughes (1950-2009), "Can't Buy Me Love" (1987)
with Patrick Dempsey, and Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything" (1989). Stone
is a star; she's not just a pretty face. She's spunky with an
incredibly razor-sharp wit, and a heart to boot, even as she must face
the music and try to put the wrong things right in her chaotic life and
improve her high school reputation before it's too late. She's
intelligent, easy on the eyes, and proves with this movie that she has
a bright future ahead of her in the movies. "Easy A" is an easy movie
to like. In a wasteland of instantly forgettable and stupid teen
movies, "Easy A" is one teen flick you can pay $8.75 to see in the
theater, and not kick yourself for doing so in the morning...