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Movie Review: Easy A

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If the movies Saved! and Mean Girls had a baby the result would be Easy A, starring Emma Stone. The 2010 comedy combines the religious ignorance of Saved! and the cat fights of Mean Girls, while creating something completely unique.

Easy A is certainly not Emma Stone’s first movie, but it is her first learing role. Stone certainly takes on the challenge with her usual humor. Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson star as Emma Stone’s parents and whose comedic lines almost outshine Stone’s. Amanda Bynes plays “religious freak” Marianne, Penn Badgley as “woodchuck” Todd, and Lisa Kudrow as Mrs. Griffith the guidance counselor. Will Gluck, who recently worked on Friends With Benefits, directed this teenage comedy. The story revolves around a young woman who uses her newfound, slutty status to propel her popularity, and is loosely based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter.

Easy A certainly provides its audience with memorable quotes. How can anyone forget the interaction between Marianne and Olive, as the former tries to preach to the school’s new harlot? “There’s a higher power that will judge you for your indecency,” Marianne informs Olive, who sarcastically replies, “Tom Cruise?”

The movie does not hide the fact that it’s poking fun at how clichés are such a big part of our society. At one point a teacher goes on about different clichés. The movie also makes references to pop culture and its place in society such as when Twilight is placed right next to the Bible when Olive goes to try and understand her pious peers. Also, In Olive’s video blog she references several iconic ‘80s films, such as The Breakfast Club.

The idea that Emma Stone is an invisible teenager girl is somewhat hard to believe in the movie. I mean, she’s Emma Stone, how can you not like her, or at least take notice of her? But, I’m not sure that anyone else could pull off the role like she did. While, the characters are entertaining, they could use more depth in order to create a better relationship with the audience. I would like to know more about Olive’s relationship with Todd and her relationship with her ex-friend Rhiannon.

I definitely would recommend this movie. It remains humorous while tackling things such as high school rumors, high school politics, religious superiority, and isolation. The movie is funny and something I could watch over and over. Olive’s character is funny and she bears the rumors well, but at the same time she is hurt by the loss of her only friend and being an outcast in high school. Teenage girls would enjoy this movie especially because of the teenage girl’s point of view. However, anyone with a sense of humor would enjoy this movie.

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