Thursday, 12 January 2012

'Easy A' Film Review

Though I shoved this aside previously, I have heard good things about this movie since it's release and finally got to watch it and had to say enjoyed it.

Olive (Emma Stone) is a high school nobody who, after one made up rendezvous with a college guy, became known as a whore. Helping a friend Brandon, they fake having sex to make him popular and to maintain her reputation. 

As gossip spreads quicker than wildfire around her school, she starts accepting her predicament, lives up to her reputation and decidedly cashes in on it by accepting payments for lying about having sex with any guy. How far will she go before things get out of hand?

Easy A is a tell-all from Olive's perspective as she reveals the truth behind the rumours. I have to admit that it seemed a little stupid at first to go along with the rumours but her teen struggles were believable and really what some people go through today. 

As her fake sexual activity escalates, it was also quick to see where the film was going, through it's 'The Scarlet Letter' parallel- but it could've gone both ways- for her to face up to reality or otherwise, live with the consequences.

I felt that this film went pretty far in terms of pushing the rumour mill and some of the things that were made up about her (which were entirely false, I mean everything was) was hilarious- and reflects how our society today perhaps is living in a fantasy we choose to believe in.

Regardless, the climax of the film and the pacing worked extremely well to round off her story without rushing it nor pushing it, and in this way, brought it back to an appropriate close. I liked that it didn't return back to how it was before- there WERE consequences to her actions and whilst she can make amends, the reality of the scars this film chooses to reveal keeps it genuine.

Emma Stone- Olive
Amanda Bynes- Marianne
Penn Badgley- Todd

Also stars Stanley Tucci, Dan Byrd, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Thomas Haden Church...

This is the first film I've seen Emma Stone in, and if I didn't know any better, she plays 'bitch/whore' pretty well, but her more emotional scenes do give her more leeway to becoming a serious actress. I'm interested in the fact that she will be playing the female lead Gwen Stacy in the upcoming Spider Man reboot alongside Andrew Garfield. I didn't love her in this movie but I don't hate her either... so hopefully she will be phenomenal in that film because Kirsten Dunst was so lovable as Mary Jane :P

Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson were hilarious parents, whilst Lisa Kudrow does her usual 'Phoebe' role which she carries to her hilarious new show 'Web Therapy'. Penn Badgley was very much the 'Dan' he plays in Gossip Girl.

'Easy A' was an easy to watch and easy to like mindless teen film which is entertaining and verging on deep if you really want to read between the lines. It believably reflects the trends and reality of what some highschoolers may be experiencing and an exaggerated consequence of the rumour mill. Despite being rated highly by critics, this film is not for everyone, though I'm sure teens and young adults will like it.

1 comment:

  1. Great review!!! I love Emma Stone and really enjoyed this movie :)



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