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.