Easy A (Bilingual)
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In this charming, critically acclaimed tale of rumors and reputation, Olive (Emma Stone), an average high school student, sees her below-the-radar existence turn around overnight once she decides to use the school's gossip grapevine to advance her social standing. Now her classmates (Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka) are turning against her and the school board is becoming concerned, including her favorite teacher (Thomas Haden Church) and the distracted guidance counselor (Lisa Kudrow). With the support of her hilariously idiosyncratic parents (Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson) and a little help from a long-time crush (Penn Badgley), Olive attempts to take on her notorious new identity and crush the rumor mill once and for all.
Easy A is a frothy, fizzy, and funny romantic comedy for teens--and adults will love it too. Not since Clueless has a high-school heroine been able to delight both audiences, and Easy A's Olive (the sparkling Emma Stone) is a stellar young star. But Easy A benefits from a great script by writer Bert V. Royal and assured direction by TV veteran Will Gluck. Olive is a smart girl happy to stay in the shadows of high school, until her good friend, Brandon (Dan Byrd), who's gay, begs her to pretend to have sex with him so the rest of the school will stop picking on him. She obliges, but soon she picks up not one but two reputations--as the girl who sleeps around, and, on the down-low, as the girl who'll pretend to sleep with a guy so he won't be branded a virgin. Soon Easy A's complications pile up higher than the entrance of Olive's high school, and her two story lines, neither of which reflects the real Olive, take on lives of their own. There are backlashes and blacklists and repercussions galore. "I always thought pretending to lose my virginity would feel a little more special," muses Olive. "Judy Blume should have prepared me for that." Stone is accompanied by a strong supporting cast: Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as her bemused parents, Gossip Girl's dreamy Penn Badgley, the freshly unretired Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow, and Malcolm McDowell. And it's to the cast's and the writer's credit that the audience is kept engaged, and guessing, till the very end. Easy A should be awarded exactly that. --A.T. Hurley
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Olive Prendergast is a smart good girl with a clean reputation. When she fibs to a friend about an intimate weekend with an imaginary boyfriend, and another girl overhears, it sets in motion a series of events that speak volumes about high school life.
Her flawless reputation gets ruined, but she seems unperturbed by this. In fact, word trickles through the grapevine, boys approach her, ask her to help out their love lives by agreeing to be their pretend girlfriend, and improve their reputations. At once this movie is part satire and part social commentary. If you have read the recent news about teen suicides, you will realise that your status and how are perceived are both important, in the high school setting.
An interesting analogy is drawn between this movie and the Scarlet Letter, where a woman's reputation gets ruined by a scandalous affair and she becomes ostracised and condemned by her community, even sentenced to be hanged. Olive wears the scarlet letter A with easy pride becoming her own social experiment. She gets ostracised, scolded by the moral police and survives. Ironically, other people get better reputations because of her bad reputation, and that's all it is - reputation.
It makes you wonder about the double standard between boys and girls. If a boy does the same thing, he's the man, he gets high fives, and gains status. You may wonder if she will be able to save her reputation, and how she would save it. It's a good thing to wonder.
Much hypocrisy gets exposed along the way.Read more ›
You almost wish you could do the same thing at the office ;-).
Overall - great movie. Very fun to watch. A great happy-go-lucky movie that was meant for sheer fun, light entertainment, and a positive warm-fuzzy feeling at the ending. I loved it!
The Storyline: This goes through the day-to-day life of a typical high school student & the issues they may potentially deal with, such as fitting in, rumors & how word travels fast.
The Cast: Emma Stone is absolutely fantastic, she fits the role of Olive perfectly & I can't imagine anyone else playing this character. Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson & Thomas Haden Church make this film even greater by having a rather unique relationship with Olive & it makes the film even more fun to watch; I especially loved Olive's relationship with her parents, it's hysterical!
The BluRay: It's great quality, no issues with watching the film. I never bothered to look at the special features, sorry!
Overall: I highly recommend this film for anyone 13 & up, there's minimal profanity & scenes which aren't too uncomfortable to watch together, so let your kids watch it, they'll enjoy it & so will you!
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I've always loved this movie. Olive didn't take any crap from anyone and lived her life the way she wanted. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cassie Dyck
Dark comedy with Emma Stone (Her parents steal the show, though) but all around funtimesPublished 19 months ago by Ben.M
I found it very uncomfortable to watch and after about thirty minutes of totally amoral activity (is high school really like that today? Read morePublished on May 17 2014 by canadianeh
Really amusing - great choice for cast. The story was a little weak but the acting more than made up for it.Published on Jan. 31 2014 by Theresa Shipticki