Filmpopper Review: ‘Easy A’
Published by Kelly in: Film -- Date: 22 Sep 2010 Comments: 2 so far
In Easy A, Olive Pendergast (Emma Stone) faces a question every girl will have to confront sooner or later on her journey to womanhood: Just how much is your fake virginity worth to you? Olive tells one little lie and the school rumor mill runs amuck, leaving her with the undeserved reputation as the school skank. Olive adopts a sort of if you can’t beat ’em join ‘em and rub it in their faces type attitude and decides to look and act the part. She even uses her newfound reputation to give street cred to a bunch of dorks by pretending to be as slutty with them as everyone already thinks she is (in exchange for giftcards of course).
Well lets just get this gushfest over with now. This movie was awesome! Emma Stone was perfect for the lead role, and I really don’t see how anyone could watch this movie and not think she’s hilarious. And it gets even more nauseatingly positive because, get this- Easy A also boasts an outstanding cast of supporting actors who played their characters so well you’d think their roles were written just for them. My favorites were Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as Olive’s offbeat, but supportive and trusting parents. Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church and Lisa Kudrow also nailed their bit roles. I even liked Alyson Michalka as Olive’s best friend. I was surprised because the only other thing I’ve seen her in is the show ‘Hellcats’, and based on that I just assumed she was a crappy actress (but can you blame me)?
The only downside was that the jokes slowed down during the end for the obligatory this-is-the-part-where-we-learn-a-lesson bit. I hate learning lessons from movies. It isn’t necessary and I’m never quite sure if I’m learning the right one. As far as I can tell the lesson in Easy A is this: A person’s sex life is no one’s business but their own, and everyone else should get their own life and stay out of it. No, wait a minute, maybe the lesson is: Don’t dress and act like a ho-bag or people will start treating you like one, and you’ll inevitably be mistaken for a prostitute and where will that get you? Hmmm… Well I can’t decide, but it’s definitely one of the two.