That would be too early to await from Easy A the same success that followed the John Hughes’ classic comedies for teenagers of the 1980-s. His films have considerably influenced the genre, being time-tested due to avoiding simplifications, platitudes and attracting audience of different ages. But having watched amazingly done Easy A only once, I am already pretty sure, as in the case of 16 Candles, Ferris Bueller, and the Breakfast Club that I want to watch over again and again.
Easy A is a film, worth spending time on. Although the plot is focused on the virginity loss, you won’t see there any sexual or misplaced erotic scenes. In fact, Easy A is an unexpectedly fresh, original and smart movie carrying a message but in a very unobtrusive way. Emma Stone, who is best known for her roles in movies Zombiland and Superbad, is just a perfect candidacy to deal with the whole mess in Easy A.
She perfectly performs the role of an average high school student, who suddenly becomes most popular girl due to a lie. It is just not possible to imagine any other 21 year old actress that would have played this role better than her.
Now let us discuss the story itself. Set in Ojai Valley of California state, Easy A describes the misfortune of main character – Olive Penderghast (Stone) – as she lies to hеr BFF Rhiannon (actress Alyson Michalka) abоut lоsing hеr virginity to a cоllege bоy to cоver up fоr an annoying weekend full of multiрle renditions of the upbeat Pocketful of Sunshine, which she sung in the shоwer, in bеd, while dоing her nails, her hair, and while sеrеnading her dog.
Sadly, Olivia’s tall tale is overheard by the highly moral queen of the school, Marianne (performed by famous Amanda Bynes). Marianne’s character is in charge of the school’s Christian/abstinence society, which is very strict… And she’s not going to let Olivia’s did go unpunished. Using Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks and resources she informs everyone in the school about Olive’s vicious behavior.
But Olivia has studied The Scarlett Letter in school. So, instead of counterattack prefers to support the lie and let’s everybody believe she is so easy. The purpose of her behavior is well explained in Easy A. Every day the main character records all her confessions to a web camera, describing the events happening and the unexpected effects of the lies on her life. Unnoticeable before, she becomes the talk of the school. Unlike previous times, she’s attractive for boys after her fabrication about spending the night with a guy, who was older.
Her promiscuity has become an accepted fact. Moreover, she’s even changed the way she dresses, trading in her normal school clothes for skimpy, tight and short attire, each with a chest area decorated by letter “A”. Now everyone wants to be her friend to become popular. While trying to help her unpopular classmates, Olive faces tough questions about herself and the consequences of her lie.
The bottom Line
Easy A is worth being part of your favorite films’ list. It’s one of the funniest movies in year 2010 – and it really works on a variety of levels. So, it has to be seen twice so as to fully appreciate what Bert V Royal and Gluck (screenwriter and director respectively) do with this amazing story that touches problems of double standards, peer pressure, and the influence of one little fabrication on your status. Like all best films from John Hughes, Easy A will be interesting for people regardless of age and sex.
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