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Movie Review: Easy A

posted Mar 27, 2011, 10:50 AM by Golden Knight   [ updated Mar 29, 2011, 2:19 PM ]
Posted in Movies
By Mitchell Reslock

September 27, 2010

Picture Credit: Sony


The newest teen comedy comes to us in the form of Easy A, yet another witty film featuring up and coming actress Emma Stone (Zombieland, Superbad, The House Bunny).  In the movie, she stars as Olive Penderghast, a typical teenager drifting through high school whose life is thrown into a whirlwind of social dilemmas after a false rumor about her intimate exploits at a party swarms through the campus.

 After Olive lies about her weekend to end the incessant prodding of her best friend (played by Aly Michalka), the comment is overheard and spread amongst the students by her social rival (Amanda Bynes). The ailing status of Olive’s reputation is only worsened after she agrees to lie about sleeping with a gay friend (Dan Byrd) to fend off his bullies, eventually resulting in a rapidly growing business of fake services. As Olive rides her new negative attention to the highest tiers of high school popularity, identifying herself with The Scarlet Letter‘s Hester Prynne, her friendships and commitments gradually crumble until her entire system crashes down.

Though the film is, in its essence, yet another tale of a high schooler journeying towards self-discovery, there are enough small twists and memorable characters to hold your interest throughout the 92-minute duration. Easy A lacks somewhat in general humor, but there are a few gags that will get at least a chuckle. It’s a short, sweet-hearted flick, perfect for putting you and a date in a cheery mood. Just don’t bring the guys. B-