Sat 18 Sep 2010
That’s what she said!
Theatrical Release Date: 09/17/2010
Director: Will Gluck
Cast: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Aly Michalka, Stanley Tucci, Fred Armisen
If “Mean Girls” and a John Hughes film could reproduce, “Easy A” would be their love child. This film takes a simple little lie, mixes in a little teen angst, and voilà: everything get wildly blown out of proportion.
This is the first movie in a long time that reminds me so heavily of Hughes’ classics. Perhaps it’s the narration of the main character similar to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, the teen angst a la “The Breakfast Club”, or the kooky parents like “Sixteen Candles”.
The film is well cast with Emma Stone as Olive, the good girl turned trollop; Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as her parents, whose quick wit and humor kept her grounded throughout the movie; Amanda Bynes as a religious zealot, obsessed with a both horrific and hilarious condemnation of Olive; Thomas Haden Church as the favorite teacher; and Penn Badgley (of “Gossip Girl” fame) as the love interest.
“Easy A” is filled with pithy dialogue, observant narration, awesome music, and simply great moments. The movie is practically a homage to the classic movies of the 80s; it’s funny and makes one reminisce about a time when things were both simpler and more emotionally complicated.
This film made me yearn for good comedy again and made me sad as I remembered that it has been just over a year since the world lost director John Hughes. I would highly recommend this flick to anyone looking for a little entertainment, earning a 4 out of 5.