A Review of Easy A
So you may think, “oh just another movie using sex appeal for advertising and the loss of virginity as a negative thing,” but I’m very pleased to say you’d be very wrong. For the first time in years, we have a teen-related film that doesn’t necessarily involve girls taking off their clothes, having sex with guys, and learning a lesson. Quite the opposite actually. Here lies a movie that, more than once, brings you back to those great eighties films, specifically the master of the eighties, John Hughes. In addition to having multiple allusions, and even blatant references and mentions of multiple Hughes films, you’re shown a new take on a literary classic, The Scarlet Letter (which, I’ll have you know, I personally hate).
It’s a very honest and down to earth film about how out of things just one comment can really get. Rumors in high school travel instantly nowadays. Within seconds, a joke can become a fact supported by dozens of non-existent individuals that “witnessed” the event. And sometimes, the one who started it chooses to go along with it, which is exactly what happens here.
Emma Stone plays Olive, a young girl who is essentially craving a little bit of attention, even though she won’t really admit it. Her acting in this role is superb and very realistic. She’s just an intelligent, young girl, whose a bit lost and also a bit of a hopeless romantic. Unfortunately, she’s tagged herself as a whore, which isn’t the best thing to be labeled as, even though she flaunts it by wearing an embroidered A on her clothing for the majority of the film.
Some honorable mentions on acting go out to Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson who play the ever so hilarious parents of Olive, Amanda Bynes who plays the overly religious girl at school who attempts to do everything in her power to save Olive, and to Lisa Kudrow, who plays a guidance counselor who needs quite a bit of guidance herself.
If there’s one last thing I can say about this movie, it would be I’ve got a pocket got a pocket full of sunshine.