Emma Stone has been typecast as a nerdy high school/ college girl. If you have seen her in other movies, her character is the same in this one. Needless to say, she does it very well, so well in fact when she attempts to act sexy, it doesn't work, perhaps a sign that they had Lindsey Lohan in mind for the part. Emma doesn't want to go camping with her BFF's family so she lied about what she is doing that weekend and later lies that she had sex. (I loved the birthday card from the grandparents with $5.00 in it.) This falsehood is spread around school. Later a guy who is gay asks Emma to say she had sex with him so the kids won't pick on him. At a party, she pretends to have sex with him while nearly the entire student body is outside the door listening. Emma is shocked she now has the reputation as a "skank." This is a weak plot point that Ms. Stone makes real for us, as well as pretending to have sex for money with half the school. There is of course the Christian crowd who are more loud and obnoxious than in real life (I think), and Lisa Kudrow who did a lousy job as a guidance counselor, or maybe she wasn't good enough to save a plot with so many cartoon characters and plot implausibilities. The movie was laugh out loud funny and that was only because we did watch all those 80's movies. For those who liked this movie, especially the confrontation with the campus Christians, I recommend the movie "Saved." Growing up in the 60's we wanted girls who had sex in our school and didn't attempt to get them expelled. Is California really that "uncool" now?
Every year Hollywood releases a few teen movies. If you're like me, it gets like watching the same movie over and over. Not so with Easy A. It manages to be smart, funny and original, and appeal to a much wider audience than just teens.
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. If you like to watch a movie that goes a little deeper than the usual teen movie, watch this one. It's one of the best I have seen. Emma Stone of Zombieland and The Help plays the lead, and does an extraordinary job. If you wish to see more Emma Stone check out Paper Man, where she steals the show in a breakout role.
Amanda Bynes, plays the moral policewoman. Emma reminded me a little of Lindsay Lohan, and in a good way.
If you have teens or are a teen, or if you used to be a teen, or intend to be a teen go see this movie. I give it an Easy A.
I think you will love it and I hope this was helpful.
Easy A is another movie taking you back to your high-school years. Emma is a scholar who let's a rumour start about her losing her virginity. News spreads like wildfire, and she starts to help out the guys who could not get a date... letting them spread further rumours about their sexual endeavours with her. She allows these rumours - for a fee. It keeps going until she is completely ostracized... and starts telling the truth - unraveling many stories.
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!
This is a really great film! I was prepared to see something cliché & lame, as some "teen" movies can be, but I was pleasantly surprised with the result of this & watched this many times.
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!
I've always loved this movie. Olive didn't take any crap from anyone and lived her life the way she wanted. She's right, our lives aren't John Hughes movies so we can't always expect a white knight to come rescue us. We can be our own heroes.