I Saw A Film Today… Easy A

Emma Stone is really an underrated actress. I’m not saying she is not recognizable (most people can recognize her from the super bad comedy “Superbad” or the great “Zombieland”) just underutilized. Kat Dennings also suffers from this situation. Both actress are fantastic but have never really been given the chance at a leading role. But things are changing for Stone with her role in this film, but is it the right material for her?

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Easy A takes place at a high school in California. Olive (Emma Stone) is a stereotypical movie teen who is a “nobody” and spends her weekend singing Natasha Bedingfield’s “Pocketful of Sunshine”. When asked by her best friend Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka) what she did, Olive lies and says she lost her virginity to a college freshman at a community college.

While having this conversation in the girls bathroom, Olive is overheard by a stereotypical movie ultra-Christian Marianne (Amanda Bynes). She proceeds to tell the entire school, which is unlike any school in America because everyone is shocked to learn that one of their fellow students had sex. Suddenly Olive is the talk of the school and she likes it.

Later in the story, Olive lies again by having pretend sex with a gay student (Dan Byrd) at a party so other students will stop bullying him. Now Olive is labeled a floozy and instead of revealing the truth to everyone, she decides to go along with it. She starts wearing clothes to school which is really lingerie converted into tops (which if she wore at any other high school in the country, she would have been sent home). But as her lies begin building up so do the problems, which includes the possible breaking up of a marriage. Will she keep up her new persona or will she come clean about it all?

If you can overlook the obvious plot holes and clichés, you will find that “Easy A” is a fun film and just the right length for its material. The writing is very witty (if not occasionally too witty) and well written. Emma Stone packs a punch and is a delight to watch struggle through these situations.

While most of the supporting cast is mediocre at best, there were still some great performances. The retired/unretired Amanda Bynes handles her character well, even if the material in which it is presented is overdone. Stanley Tucci is brilliant as Olive’s quirky dad, as is Patricia Clarkson as her mum.

“Easy A” is a great matinée date movie or rental. While it is fun to watch, it is nothing that we have not seen before; it follows the same formula of story telling that we have seen in John Hughes films. It does however show that Stone is mature enough to handle a lead role and I hope to see more of her soon.

Verdict: RENT IT!

*Poster by David Edward Johnson

Have you seen Easy A? What did you think about it? Leave your comments and opinions below.

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