And that's not even the best of the bunch: Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson play the too-hip-parents that you always wished you had, with dialogue far funnier and more charming than anything anyone ever actually said in a real conversation. But who cares? This isn't about reality, it's about entertainment, and this is tremendously intelligent entertainment.
Tucci, Clarkson, Church, and Stone trade rapid banter that evokes the feeling of a Howard Hawks screwball comedy, a sort of a His High School Girl Friday. And the film makes frequent and, at least to Gen-Xers, satisfying allusions to classic high school comedies like Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The result: a movie that feels comfortingly familiar and novel all at once.
Olive is as smart and bitingly funny as you always wished you were. Her parents are as cool as you always wanted yours to be. And Easy A is as smart a high school comedy as you could ask for.
It's a more cuddly than Saved, more biting than Breakfast Club, and more fanciful than Juno, and it's a film that doesn't deserve all these comparisons to other movies, because it's a terrific movie in it's own right.