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Easy A

A teen comedy directed by Gluck and starring Emma Stone.

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Easy A

  • Nov 15, 2010
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+2
In the same vain of Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You comes the retelling of the classic tale The Scarlet Letter.

Emma Stone stars as Olive, the high school girl who feels unrecognizable in the high school world. One lie begets another and soon she is the center of high school gossip. The morally upright condemn the girl to hell so as an act of rebellion she marks herself with the letter A. Seriously they don't even try and hide the inspiration; I would hope that the lack of subtlety would anger the English teacher whose current assignment is the same book. The movie also draws inspiration from John Hughes' movies. The nods to the movie include Stone looking in the camera and telling the audience I want to live in a John Hughes movie and then a short montage of his films.

The story is told over her web cam and leads to some awful narration which indicates that all the effort was put into the conversation rather than the execution. So many movies today are trying to put their movies through the today’s lens. The narration adds some laughs but what it really brings to the table is a way to bring the whole story together and to add some time to the movie as the whole story runs a brief 90 minutes.

What the movie lacks in subtlety it makes up in writing. The movie is full of sharp wit and snappy remarks. Emma Stone makes it appear effortless in almost all of her scenes. The only time she is ever outshined is by her parents played by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci. Their humor and veteran comedy chops steal every scene they are in and rang out the most laughter in the theater.

The movie is made for the tween demographic and is probably why the original script called for much more fowl language, probably directed at the film's martyr who bears an enormous amount of weight which I'm sure any high schooler can indentify with. And that who is going to identify with the movie, but worry not parents, there are plenty of laughs to go around. B-

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review by . April 19, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Easy A is a 90's movie. More specifically, it's a 90's teen flick in every possible respect. If it had been released in its proper time frame, it would have tacked itself onto a 1999 release, getting in there with the great wave of corporate teen idols who kept sneaking into the last minute 90's pop culture scene. It would have starred one of the momentary flash-pan movie stars who were already known from either TV or horror movies - possibly Neve Campbell or Sarah Michelle Gellar. It features many …
review by . December 24, 2010
Like I said in my review of Zombieland, Emma Stone is one of the big rising stars on screen today, and Easy A was made as her leading star turn. It definitely worked, because she did great and therefore, the movie was great. She was backed by a great story and a great supporting cast (especially Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as her parents). Movies like this, Juno, and Mean Girls have been described as the John Hughes movies of our generation, and for good reason, because they reach the same …
review by . January 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****     "Easy A" is one of the best teen comedies in years. It is less crude and more thoughtful than the premise suggests, and I found myself respecting it throughout. What makes it work is the fact that it has a good sense of humor, a pretty good cast, and charming sense of supreme, human decency. The film has the kind of charm that I wish every comedy had, and Emma Stone as the film's protagonist, is absolutely incredible as far as charming leads go. Sure, the …
review by . December 31, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
BETTER THAN I THOUGHT
      EASY A      This film turned out to be much better than I had expected to be honest, I knew it would be good but it was better than I thought. Still to be honest I was not really looking to see this that bad, until my girl got it and had me watch it with her. Of course it was along the lines of these new John Hughes style flicks but it was good. I don't think it turned out as classic as Hughes's films but it was a nice homage to the man's …
review by . March 14, 2011
   Back in the day I used to love watching teen comedy films.  I loved the cheesey 90s teen comedies with Freddy Prince, Julia Styles and Rachel Lee Cook with their random mid-story group dance routines that had everyone and their mothers dancing.  But my go-to films are still the classic John Hughes brat pack films.  They make you laugh, they make you cry and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.    Then the 21st century came and we lost the soul of the teen comedy …
review by . October 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
It's easy to like a character, but it isn't often you come across one that you would want to actually be friends with, or maybe even wish you could be like. For me, such a character is Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone), a high-school student from Ojai, California. True, she may only be a fictional character, but she's also the embodiment of personality - smart, witty, and affable, yet not so perfect or above it all that she fails to be human. Despite these magnetic qualities, she isn't …
review by . September 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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EASY A   Written by Bert V. Royal   Directed by Will Gluck   Starring Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes and Thomas Haden Church      Olive: I used to be invisible.  If Google Earth were a guy, he couldn’t find me if I were a ten-storey building.      What Ojai, California, high school student, Olive Penderghast, has to go through in director, Will Gluck’s EASY A to get her “A” cannot be described …
review by . November 24, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
      This is a story about the clicheic "I need to be awesome to be liked" dogma which has spread in almost any teenager since ever. Why we need that to be liked? Why we need to do outrageous or non-conventional things in order for the average Joe to like us? Is it a right thing or a bad thing? Well, I guess the answer for that is in anyone's personal beliefs and since we're not debaters here we're not gonna comment on the subject.      …
Quick Tip by . January 11, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
While Emma Stone was delightfully quirky and adorable, I just didn't think that this film had the charm or the intelligence that it was trying so hard to achieve. There have been quite a few great teen comedies in the past 5 years and some of them will go down in film history as classics alongside John Hughes' films of the '80s. This film wants to be of the same quality as those films... so badly that that the story is littered with references to those films, but what hurts it is that …
Quick Tip by . December 31, 2010
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I would say it is worth a rental at least especially if you are into this type of film. A fun cast mixed with a great script made for a good film, well worth the time.
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is an ensemble 2010 romantic comedy film written by Bert V. Royal and directed by Will Gluck. Partially inspired by the novel The Scarlet Letter, the film was shot at Screen Gems studios and in Ojai, California. Screen Gems distributed with a release on September 17, 2010. 

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 from a great script by writer Bert V. Royal and assured direction by TV veteran Will Gluck. Olive is a smart girl happy to stay in the shadows of high school, until her good friend, Brandon (Dan Byrd), who's gay, begs her to pretend to have sex with him so the rest of the school will stop picking on him. She obliges, but soon she picks up not one but two reputations--as the girl who sleeps around, and, on the down-low, as the girl who'llpretendto sleep with a guy so he won't be branded a virgin. SoonEasy A's complications pile up higher than the entrance of Olive's high school, and her two story lines, neither of which reflects the real Olive, take on lives of their own. There are backlashes and blacklists and repercussions galore. "I always thoughtpretendingto lose my virginity would feel a little more special," muses Olive. "Judy Blume should have prepared me for that." Stone is accompanied by ...
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Director: Will Gluck
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 17, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Bert V. Royal
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: Olive Bridge Entertainment, Sony Pictures
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