Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Easy A [2010]

Director: Will Gluck
Cast: Emma Stone, Amanda Byrnes, Alison Michalka, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, Thomas Haden Church
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Rating: Teen (Themes of sexuality)
Comment: "At the risk of a bad pun; this movie scores an easy A indeed..."

An unpopular high school student, Olive Penderghast loves her privacy, although for the most part she just feels left out and want nothing more than a nice, romantic date. However, her life in high school takes a drastic turn when she lied to her best friend in order to get out of going camping with her hippie parents. She quickly finds herself stuck in a web of lies once another holier-than-thou student overheard the lie and spread it like wildfire, and hilarity ensues.

What to Expect
1. Emma Stone was quite a charming leading lady
3. Funny and memorable characters
4. Some 80's pop culture references

What NOT to Expect
1. Your typical teen romantic comedy
2. Too predictable
Teen romantic comedies often fall victim into some of the most grossly overused tropes, and it's very refreshing when they put a whole new twist into the whole "awkward, lonely girl looking for love" character archetype. As I have said over and over again, good movies are made when you have strong, memorable characters and Easy A certainly did not disappoint.

However that is not to say it did not feature any stock characters, but the thing is they are very well-written, making it a colourful movie and a pleasure to watch. For example, our leading lady is a three-dimensional character who dreams of love, but that's not all that was on her mind. In other words, the exact opposite of Bella from you-know-what.

People were quick to draw comparisons between Emma Stone's performance to the pre-crack Lindsay Lohan, although I can see the basis to these claims, I find that I appreciate Emma Stone a lot more. I don't know, maybe it's just prejudice; she doesn't have this reputation of a party girl who spends her salary on crack and booze.

Story-wise, I did say that this is not your typical teen romantic movie. In fact, the movie poked fun at various elements often seen in romantic comedies, particularly those from the 80's. Also, there was plenty of social commentary about the society's growing and unhealthy obsession with documenting various mundane day-to-day activities, and "new age" ways of taking pleasure out of picking on someone. But it was all very subtle, not at all preachy and of course, funny while they're at it.

Simply put, there is no other befitting title ever bestowed on a movie because this movie would easily get an A for good entertainment.


Zulfahmi said...

I love Emma's husky voice...

Love the cinematography too...

Mamü Vies said...

Sexy, huh? :D
I loved her in Zombieland, but Easy A is another thing altogether.

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