Easy A (2010)

September 28, 2010

Plot: Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) makes up a story about losing her virginity to a community college student instead of admitting what she really did all weekend: sing along with her Hallmark card. After her story circulates around school and her reputation changes, other students come to her and ask her to pretend like she hooked up with them to improve their images as well.

If you can look past the fact that a high school girl losing her virginity isn’t really a big story in any high school I’ve ever heard of, Easy A is actually a pretty funny and charming movie. If nothing else, Emma Stone should come out of this as a legitimate leading lady. I see some real success in her future and she proves she can carry a movie by herself. Lisa Kudrow seems out of place as the school counselor on some Mary Kay shit, but the rest of the adult cast is phenomenal. Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson are particularly hilarious as Olive’s parents. The cast of teenagers isn’t nearly as strong. Outside of Olive, none of them are memorable, except for her best friend’s rack… it’s a beauty! I didn’t even realize Amanda Bynes was in this movie until it was over. She plays the uber-obnoxious leader of the school’s Christian group and is virtually unrecognizable. Did she put on some weight? Overall, Easy A is a solid, but not remarkable high school comedy with a breakthrough performance from Stone. It was funny, but not as good as I was hoping it would be. A DVD rental in my opinion.

Grade: B-
Viewings: 1
Replay Value: Comedies have a tendency to grow on me over multiple viewings, so maybe this will too. Right now, I’m not sure I’d watch it again.
Sequel Potential: Pretty unlikely.
Oscar Potential: None.
Nudity?: None.

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