Film Review: EASY A

This review originally appeared on http://www.tallyhomagazine.co.nz/

 

Director:Will Gluck
Writer: Bert V. Royal
Stars: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Lisa Kudrow, Thomas Haden Church

92mins, Rating: M (sexual references) (New Zealand)
★★★★☆

‘Easy A’ a smart teen comedy about white lie that gets a little out of hand. Olive, played fantastically by Emma Stone, who you may remember from ‘Superbad’ and ‘Zombieland’- makes up a lie to her best friend Rhiannon about loosing her virginity to get out of a camping weekend. This is overheard by the school’s god crusader, Maryanne who then sets out to makes her life a misery. Instead of crawling away in shame, Olive is proud to finally get noticed at school and takes the challenge and runs with her new found slut persona. In English class, Olive has been set to read ‘The Scarlett Letter’ and takes some notes from Hesta Prynne and attempts to parallel story.

In the process of making her new found personality, she befriends a gay boy, Brandon, and helps him with his reputation by pretending to have sex with him at a party. This in turn creates a whole other set of problems for Olive to deal with, but it makes life financially more worthwhile.

The best moment of the film has to go to the parents (played by  Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson) trying to work out what naughty word Olive said in English class and making her spell it out in peas. Closely followed by the scene where she makes “apologies to Mark Twain”.

‘Easy A’ is a throughly amusing film and Emma Stone is fantastically cast as Olive. The sarcasm and wit oozes from her with believable ease.  ‘Easy A’ follows the John Hughes school of film, focusing on the female protagonist and the more subtle yet still intelligent and hilarious style of comedy. Olive however is a lot less innocent than Molly Ringwald’s characters ever were.

If you love your 80′s classics, ‘Easy A’ is pretty safe bet for a good night’s viewing.

 

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