Let's be realistic.
Good start, but then it gets ruined
A lot of perfectly good film show their cards early, establish a unique premise and let the audience explore a topic at a leisurely pace, without much in terms of surprise. this film is not one of those films.
It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties. It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.
It doesn't quite hit the mark. Emma Stone gives a great performance. Her charm is off the charts. Her parents are great. Her favorite teacher is also great. The movie somehow misses the mark. Maybe it's the needless religion bashing that turned me off. I don't know but it didn't help.
Great movie. Emma Stone as Olive is a likable character, full of sass, attitude and a sharp sense of humour. This makes her very easy to route for as the main protagonist. I really couldn't imagine anyone but Stone in the role....plus those beautiful eyes are just too hard not to fall for. Anyway.... The film is a modern take on The Scarlet Letter (with several references to early versions of the story throughout - just in case you missed the point) and brings the ideas of said story into the modern era, placing it slap bang in the middle of a high school, the perfect place to explore it's promiscuous tone. The film dabbles in themes from its '80s high school' predecessors and even throws in some neat satirical homages to boot. As Olive herself says: "...no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life..." and Will Gluck skirts around the clichés just enough to make Easy A unique amongst it's peers. I really enjoyed this film. Good writing, clever dialogue, solid cast and some genuinely funny moments. Also worth a mention are some wonderful turns from Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as Olive's parents. The whole family unit works a treat..and you can completely believe that they have brought up this sharply intelligent, independent girl.
The movie's most endearing quality is the homage paid to Eighties movies, that moment when it all comes together as Olive dreams about being in her own John Hughes movie. Yes, I have fond memories of SAY ANYTHING's seminal boombox scene and CAN'T BUY ME LOVE in its entirety, and it was great to see them referenced. And people, that song, that haunting melody, I still get the shivers, all together now, Don't You Forget About Me...Emma Stone is kind of EveryGirl in this movie, obviously adding to her appeal, obviously the new Lindsey Lohan of that time. And this movie has a strong MEAN GIRLS vibe. Must say, Amanda Bynes was pushing it, playing too young. Just checked, seems to have been her last movie. (not that that's what I wanted, I was just criticizing) Kudos to Stanley Tucci and the wonderful Patricia Clarkson and Stevie, the most popular on-screen dog with me besides Buck of MARRIED WITH CHILDREN. Not forgetting Thomas Hayden Church and Lisa Kudrow, although I have a hard time watching her here. The younger male cast doesn't exactly do it for me, that dude who played Brandon soon irritated me, and the other one, Penn Badgley or something like that, doesn't do much better. Ally Michalka good performance, and that girl who played Nina superfine and all too convincing in the part. Come on, Cam Gigandet as a wuss? Well, by some stretch of the imagination only.Best line: Principal Malcolm McDowell's "if I keep the girls off the pole and the boys off the pipe, I get a bonus."It's a total chick flick. I would not recommend it to guys at all. Me myself I go where the pretty actresses hang out and I gave Emma Stone a shot as (laugh uncontrollably now), in pics, she reminded me of Melinda Clarke in THE O.C. and NIKITA (okay, you can text Emma Stone that) but turns out not-so-much in the movie. But this is a chick flick with not even one inkling of aspiring to appeal to guys. Okay, I take that back, there's the burlesque leggy lingerie dance scene towards the end, but by then, most guys would have left the room. For this is a total, total chick flick that the vast majority of girls can relate to, but guys would think it's all just a silly storm in a teacup. That's if they hadn't run screaming out of the room at the mention of chlamydia... Like I said, chick flick.
Apart from of course 'La La Land' and those dire Woody Allen films she appeared in I haven't seen much of the always lovely Emma Stone's work. 'Easy A' however is a good example of how talented she is.Playing out like an old fashioned farce this film is a lot of fun. It won't be to everyone's taste due to the subject matter, but even then I don't think you can complain too much about the performance Stone gives in the lead. She's funny, she's sexy, she plays the role so well that you almost forgive the slightly questionable nature of what she's up to.Lots of films try to imitate the great John Hughes's 80's comedies like 'Pretty in Pink' ('The Edge of Seventeen' I'm looking at you) but this film does a very good job of gently doffing the cap to them while being its own beast.I enjoyed this film far more than I thought I would, and Emma Stone's portrayal was a big part of that.