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Easy A (2010)

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Comedy and Today's Deals on DVD & Blu-ray movie directed by Will Gluck

Easy Ais a frothy, fizzy, andfunnyromantic comedy for teens--and adults will love it too. Not sinceCluelesshas a high-school heroine been able to delight both audiences, andEasy A's Olive (the sparkling Emma Stone) is a stellar young star. ButEasy Abenefits … see full wiki

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Director: Will Gluck
1 review about Easy A (2010)

Crummy acting, lousy script ruin potential

  • Dec 28, 2010
Unlike all the other teen comedies my wife likes, I was actually looking forward to Easy A. I'd heard good things about Emma Stone, and Amanda Byrnes has been in some funny modernized adaptations of classic tories. Easy A was billeted as an update of The Scarlet Letter. Unfortunately, it fails to live up to its promise.

First, I'm not sure how this movie receives praise for its acting. I'm usually pretty tolerant of bad acting, as long as I can suspend my disbelief for an hour or two. However, I was never sold by the acting in Easy A. Too often it feels like the actors are reading from a script. Even Byrnes seems unsure how to play a Christian fundamentalist - it just isn't the right role for her.

More importantly, the script just doesn't really work. It becomes too predictable too early and Olive's decisions seem too ridiculous to sympathize with. There are some plot devices that seem simply thrown in for one or two lame jokes, such as the African-American adopted brother - it's clear he has no other role except to make a joke about awkward it is for white parents to adopt an African kid. Occasionally, the film delivers some really witty lines, but these are few and often delivered awkwardly. For example, a mother belittles her son's grade on a spelling test by saying that everybody uses spell-checker these days - and I burst out laughing - but then she laughs and says she's just kidding, which dilutes the power of the joke. There were several points like this where the context of the movie didn't really allow one to appreciate those good moments.

Overall, none of these problems alone would ruin Easy A, but combined they make for a lousy movie. Too bad.

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