Easy A – Review (Spoiler Free)

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Emma Stone takes the lead role in this above average high school comedy, and she does so very well. She delivers the humorous and slightly offbeat dialogue naturally, whilst also creating a sympathetic character that charms us early on into the film. It’s very easy to see why Easy A had such a positive impact on her career, because long story short – she’s great. The film overall is consistently funny; however it doesn’t ever really manage to produce any truly hilarious moments. It tells the story of a high school girl named Olive (Stone) who is pretty unremarkable in terms of the school’s social scale, that is until she tells one little lie about losing her virginity. Suddenly the previously unnoticed Olive holds seemingly the entire school’s attention as she starts to take on a new position within its social structure. Meanwhile her life begins to resemble that of the The Scarlet Letter’s protagonist – the novel that she’s studying at school.

I’ve already stressed that Emma Stone is great, and so I’ll move on to the rest of the cast. There isn’t anyone that lets the film down with solid performances across the board. Amanda Bynes does a good job of playing the infuriating Bible club leader, and it is fun to see Malcolm McDowell showing up in a small role. I’ve grown a little tired with the depiction of cool parents in films, it just often feels forced to me, having said that Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson do a good job as Olive’s parents, and do have some of the best lines in the film.

Easy A may not have as many big laughs in it as it ought to, but it maintains a decent level throughout and is fun to sit down with and enjoy. Cliché moments are few and far between, and when they happen, are actually handled surprisingly well. Certainly they achieved their purpose without turning me off. The film’s definitely worth catching if you’re either a fan of Emma Stone, or if you just want to see a high school comedy film done particularly well.

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20 comments

  1. Good review. It’s not always hilarious, but it is one of those smart scripts that feel as if they knew what they were doing, while also still creating a story that’s worth waiting and watching for. Stone is a great actress and definitely has a bright future.

    1. Cheers, yeah the script is a detail that I skipped over in the review but you’re right that it feels smart and in control. Offhand I can’t think of any wasted scenes or screentime either, it was pretty tight.
      I’ve been a big fan of Emma Stone for a while now, and am starting to play catch up with some of her work that I missed, such as this one.

  2. This was definitely cute, not too remarkable but cute. 🙂

    1. Yeah it’s certainly fun and enjoyable, but I wouldn’t rush out to recommend it to everyone I know. I did think that it’s much better than the average film of its type however.

      Thanks for commenting!

  3. I like Emma Stone but I missed this one for some reason. I should give it a rent one of these days. Nice review Mr Rumsey!

    1. Cheers Ruth! It’s certainly worth catching, especially as you’re a fan of Stone. 🙂

  4. Great review, I love the part when she’s singing Pocketful of Sunshine.

    1. Thanks, that’s a great bit although it got the song stuck in my head for days afterwards!

  5. Natalie P · · Reply

    Nice review 🙂 Emma Stone definitely moves the film from potential cliched teen-flick to something more complex and believable.

    1. Thanks Natalie, they certainly made the right choice in casting her that’s for sure! I was surprised at the film’s believability, given its premise. Then again I knew that Stone was cast and so I shouldn’t really have been! Are you familiar with much of her work?

  6. Natalie P · · Reply

    I liked her in Zombieland, and I have seen her in other small roles in films such as Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Friends with Benefits (both of which are pretty standard chick-flicks). Apparently she is doing another film with the director of Easy A.

    1. That would be worth watching. I’m most looking forward to her in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the upcoming Cameron Crowe one with Bradley Cooper. I still haven’t seen Zombieland, but I plan on getting around to it soon.

      1. Natalie P · · Reply

        Yeah, I’m also looking forward to the second Spiderman film. Her starring with Bradley Cooper is definitely something I will check out 🙂

        1. I enjoyed the first film, but if they can improve upon it, and that’s certainly possible, then they may produce a really great film!
          Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Watching Emma’s Stones audition tape on the DVDs extra showed off her amazing talent and why she’s a star. Great review!

    1. Cheers! I’ll have to check out that, it sounds interesting! Emma Stone is one of the best actresses around at the moment. 😀

      1. I first noticed Emma Stone in the comedy Superbad and at the time wondered if she’ll be in any other movies … now she’s a huge star especially with the Amazing Spider-man series.

        1. It’s great that she is getting such levels of exposure from big films such as The Amazing Spider-Man series!
          I can remember her in Superbad, but it was a while ago that I saw it and she didn’t stick out for me at the time. Perhaps I should re-watch it. I think that I first noticed her in Crazy Stupid Love, all though I may be wrong about that. Have you seen that one?

          1. I’m been meaning to catch up on Crazy Stupid Love and The Help. Any good? Zombieland is a super fun movie, worth watching especially for fans of Emma Stone. I’ve re-watched Superbad a few times now, still one of my favorite comedies. 🙂

    2. CSL is an above average rom-com, which whilst it could be better, has a great cast and is would be worth seeing if you get the chance. I recommend The Help above it though, it’s significantly better.
      Again, I’ve been meaning to watch Zombieland for a while now. Must get onto doing that!

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