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September 19, 2010 / Darrell

Easy A: Movie Review

Easy A. The title sounds about as dumb as the blondes who get easy A’s. Bad puns aside, it is the latest comedy (with mild to moderate romantic themes) staring Emma Stone, who you might remember from such films as Superbad and Zombieland. And has also featured on more “top insert number here hottest women” lists than has won awards.

Like many other low budget teen movies, it starts with a webcam scene. Progresses the story with webcam scenes. And finishes (almost) with a webcam scene. Also like many other low budget teen movies, there are teacher student relationships, best friend fallouts, a crazy rival female, good looking guys and parents that are way too open about everything.

However, unlike many other low budget teen movies, the school “slut”, Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) doesn’t sleep with mimbos (man bimbos) instead choosing the socially outcast, and that’s really about it.

What Easy A lacked in substance, it made up for in one liners or slightly extended humourous situations that lasted a couple of lines. With special note to Olive’s parents Dill and Rosemary Penderghast (Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson, respectively). Picture Sam’s parents from Transformers, but not in an action movie, but where humourous parents should be, in low budget teen movies.

Easy A takes an interesting slant on the school slut issue, with Olive pretending to sleep with socially challenged guys to they can get some street cred. But that’s about as creative as it gets. Loosely based on the novel The Scarlett Letter, about a young adulterer who was ostracized (they claimed it was inspired by, but the word inspired implies too much creativity for my liking). But this isn’t always a bad thing, it makes it a very easy movie to watch (pun not intended).

Olive’s love interest got a surprisingly small part. Woodchuck Todd (Penn Badgley) was the school mascot and is mostly known for his role in Gossip Girl. Penn is dangerously close to being type cast as the “lonely boy”; in Easy A it was as if the director told him to just pretend like he was Dan Humphrey.

Also notably absent from this low budget teen film was the crude language. It was claimed that initially there were 47 instances where the word “fuck” appeared in the script, all of which were cut from the final film. And their inclusion is about all the directors cut of the dvd will probably have going for it.

In the end, Easy A doesn’t try to be anything but what it is; a low budget teen movie chick flick. And it does that quite well. Perfect for those whose brain hurt after recently seeing Inception. Also if you like big moments from 80s movies, the last 30 seconds of Easy A is dedicated to you. Recommended for those who don’t like thinking, like chick flicks, like drama that a high school kid could understand, never got laid and is now looking for a genius plan to gain some street cred or simply want to earn some brownie points with the girlfriend without too much pain and even a couple of laughs.

Easy A missed the cut for an A by a couple of marks, but it certainly got an easy B.

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