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Movie Review: Easy A

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High school can be scandalous, catty, and embarrassing — all the makings of a side-splitting comedy. It’s no wonder why high school themed movies never stop gracing the big screen. From Sixteen Candles to Mean Girls, these films always find their way into our hearts and American pop culture forever. Director Will Gluck has brought us another sure-to-be classic, Easy A.

The star of the movie is the hilarious Emma Stone who made her debut in the box office hit Superbad. The 21-year-old also appeared in The House Bunny and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Alongside her is a wonderful cast including Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Lisa Kudrow, Alyson Michalka, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, and Thomas Haden Church. If you’re looking for a movie that will make you laugh the entire way through, then Easy A will do it.

The story starts out in the life of an irrelevant teen in the Ojai High food chain. The “cookie cutter” good girl, Olive Penderghast (Stone), finds herself playing hero for her gay friend Brandon (Dan Byrd). Relentlessly teased and tormented, Brandon believes that having an imaginary one-night stand with Olive is just what he needs to get everyone off his back. It works. Brandon looks like a player, and Olive’s fame skyrockets from non-entity to notorious floozy practically overnight.

As more and more desperate boys find out the truth about what she’s doing, they too start persuading her into helping them. In exchange for various payments of OfficeMax gift cards and the like, Olive’s “clients” get to say they slept with her. The students suddenly find themselves in a modern day version of The Scarlet Letter as Olive realizes her life is becoming eerily similar to that of the main character, Hester Prynne. Miss Perfect Marianne (Bynes) is in a state of upheaval to have such unholy things happening at school, and decides to make Olive’s life miserable in order for her to realize her sinful ways.

This movie rocks. The previews were funny enough to intrigue me, but they were nothing compared to the movie. It is unexpected, hilarious, pure comic genius. The script is phenomenal and the actors fabulous, to say the least. Emma Stone’s incredibly sarcastic, fun-loving wit kept the entire theater out of breath from laughing so hard. This film definitely exceeded all expectations and then some.

Whether you’re 17 or 85, guy or girl, Easy A is for you. This is one of those films that transcends barriers and will keep audiences laughing for years to come. At one time or another, everyone has had a rumor spread about them. Whether it’s true or absolutely ridiculous, sometimes you just have to embrace it. This comedy is good look at the mayhem that can ensue when you really don’t give a damn about your bad reputation.

In theaters September 17.

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