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Emma Stone rocks this way better than average teen movie
on February 20, 2012
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.