- Title Easy A
- Director Will Gluck
- Year 2010
- Run time 1hr 32m
- Genre Comedy
- Tagline A comedy about a good girl, a small favour and a big rumour
In this charming, critically acclaimed tale of rumors and reputation, Olive (Emma Stone), an average high school student, sees her below-the-radar existence turn around overnight once she decides to use the school's gossip grapevine to advance her social standing.Now her classmates (Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka) are turning against her and the school board is becoming concerned, including her favorite teacher (Thomas Haden Church) and the distracted guidance counselor (Lisa Kudrow). With the support of her hilariously idiosyncratic parents (Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson) and a little help from a long-time crush (Penn Badgley), Olive attempts to take on her notorious new identity and crush the rumor mill once and for all.
I wasn’t really sure about this one, but Mr C played me the trailer a couple of times and it did look amusing. After the fast-talking male-dominated antics in The Social Network, it was good to see the girls getting to do some talking.
00:00:59 - Creative titles. I like. 00:02:50 - “Go hit the books, they don’t hit back.” ****00:06:02 - I don’t know the pocket full of sunshine song. I fear it will be stuck in my head though. 00:07:02 - “…lie after lie. It was like setting up Jenga.” 00:09:06 - It’s funny she calls her long words obnoxious. Dawson’s Creek made a killing on that premise. 00:11:16 - It’s depressing to hear people talk about songs from their childhood and it be the Pussycat Dolls! 00:14:01 - He really is the best teacher. There are no teachers like that in real life, surely? 00:18:17 - I want to high five a mascot! 00:20:16 - Spell it with your peas! They are the best family ever. 00:24:55 - I wonder what my identifier would be. Actually, I dread to think. 00:27:36 - She has lovely colour hair. 00:31:56 - I can’t believe she let them in her room like that. 00:36:07 - The parents are the best part of this film. 00:42:29 - The Christian group seems quite small.** **00:44:18 - “When will High School end already?” Oh boy, I know that feeling. 00:47:48 - Movie references. 00:47:58 - “John Hughes did not direct my life.”** **00:50:22 - It’s Phoebe!** **00:56:24 - They do pottery in school? 01:02:25 - It’s all so sunny and bright. 01:03:59 - No one was getting hurt… except herself and her reputation.** **01:04:57 - A wizard! 01:09:20 - I hope the lobster shack serves more than just lobster. Yeugh. 01:09:51 - Also, not a fan of the idea of a restaurant where you need a branded bib. 01:13:13 - All because she didn’t have an exit strategy. 01:15:31 - He’s a bit corny though. 01:17:33 - She’s actually calling him Lobster Todd! 01:21:57 - What is this habit of sitting on cars? Mine is far too filthy to consider it! 01:24:04 - Musical number for no apparent reason! 01:27:31 - They’re riding a lawnmower off into the sunset. Bless.** **
Ooh, I really enjoyed this one. It’s full of teenagers who really aren’t that annoying, except the ones that are meant to be. Emma Stone has a really engaging way about her, and can pull off even those webcam bits.
The story is good, the casting seems strong, and the dialogue is fun. I can’t really fault it, but I do feel it isn’t quite a five out of five. I think my one complaint is that the family - the mum and dad - really are the best bit about it, and I’m not sure that’s the way it should be. Definitely recommended.
Rating: 4 / 5