This weekend take a trip down memory lane and relive the awkwardness of high school with the help of Emma Stone and John Hughes. Easy A is a comedy that slightly mirrors the tale of the literary classic The Scarlet Letter but that’s just a tip of the iceberg. It’s more about the representation of young love and relationships in Hollywood, and pokes fun at them with the help of every 80s movie cliche in the book. It’s fun, it’s entertaining, and most importantly it’s clever.

Check out the review…

The Players:

  • Director: Will Gluck
  • Screenwriter: Bert V. Royal
  • Cast: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, Lisa Kudrow, Alyson Michalka, Cam Gigandet, Malcolm McDowell, Fred Armisen
  • Cinematography: Michael Grady
  • Original Music By: Brad Segal

The Plot:

Easy A centers on Olive, an ordinary high school student, who’s life is mediocre in every way. In an attempt to spice up her persona she lies to her best friend about a sexual escapade that she had with a random guy. The news spreads like wildfire throughout her school and in a matter of hours she pops up on everyone’s radar. Shortly after, she agrees to fake a tryst with her openly gay classmate so people will think he’s straight and stop picking on him. Once again word spreads that she’s “easy,” and she starts making a business out of faking sex for the sake of others, while ruining her reputation in the process.

The Good:

  • The Cast: This cast is amazing! Everyone brings their A-game (no pun intended) and they know how to carry the comedic moments as well as the tender, more serious ones. Who ever thought that Malcolm McDowell could say “Keep the girls off the pole and the boys off the pipe” with a straight face?
  • The Direction: Will Gluck knows how to handle comedy without it being too over the top or in your face. He plays with a lot of John Hughes homages that are hidden and don’t take over the basic story he’s trying to tell. He incorporates them in a way where they’re fresh and funny.
  • The Screenplay: It’s been a long time since a film has been sarcastic and snarky without beating us over the head with it. You know how in some movies, they shoot joke after joke after joke at you to the point that it feels contrived and almost insulting? That doesn’t happen here.
  • The Tone: Everything about this movie has a purposeful and distinct look. The sets are bright and warm, even though the subject matter has to do with sex, lies, and gossip. The characters are interesting and have a lightness to them even though several of them have secrets and questionable motives. It’s a contrast that makes it a great change of pace compared to what we’ve been seeing in film.

The Bad:

  • Nothing: This movie kicks ass six ways from Sunday and needs to be seen!

Overall

Easy A is a really entertaining film. Its relatable, it funny, and it’s different. It’s worth more than the price of admission.

Rating: 10/10

Easy A opens in theaters nationwide on September 17th.

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Do you plan on seeing Easy A this weekend?