First, I’d like to apologize for my lack of week in review, I got Sims 3 for my birthday and essentially spent the past 72 hours playing it nonstop. I don’t know what’s so addicting about watching little virtual people live their little virtual lives. Maybe its the God-like powers it gives me: You want to take a swim? Too bad! Run until you pass out, minion!
When I wasn’t glued to my screen, I actually had the chance to go see a movie, something I haven’t done since “Avatar,” I believe, and I saw “Easy A. ” I wasn’t expecting a lot, I mean most movies, especially romantic comedies, set for the teen audience have very little in the way of intelligence or cleverness. They follow a basic formula and the acting is usually not stellar. This was not one of these movies.
“Easy A” is about Olive (Emma Stone) a clean-cut student who inadvertently starts a rumor that she lost her virginity to a
college-age guy. When she helps out a gay student who wants to convince everyone he’s straight so they stop bullying him, the rumors fly and soon grow out of control. And when her attempts to convince others they aren’t true fail, she decides to just let them run wild. This, of course, backfires. And while it isn’t exactly a retelling of “The Scarlet Letter,” the story is the main theme that runs through the movie.
What caught my attention and made me realize this movie was not like the other in its genre was the writing and not just for the main
character Olive (played to perfection by Emma Stone). All of the dialogue was witty and sounded like what real high school students would say, and while the characters as a whole are a bit more outlandish that I’ve ever met in real life, they still feel like they could exists outside the silver screen.
I also enjoyed the relationship between Olive and her parents (Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson) as well as her favorite teacher, Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church). The adults all trust Olive to make the right choices and not in a naive way where they don’t truly understand what is happening in the teen’s life, but because she has made all the right choices so far.
Another thing that caught my eye was the cinematography, since in movies like these the the shots in a scene are usually pretty simple. However, there were some spectacular camera angles and dramatic lighting (like when Olive when to confession) that stuck with me after the movie ended.
It wasn’t a completely perfect film, however. The young supporting cast was disappointing, though I’m not sure if the writers sort of
tapped out after creating Olive or if the actors just somehow couldn’t bring anything to their roles. as Olive’s best friend Rhiannon, Amanda Bynes as Marianne, the extreme Christian student determined to right Olive’s ways and Penn Badgley as Todd, the boy Olive has had a crush on since the eight grade (and eventual love interest) all seemed two-dimensional which is disappointing, especially when Bynes has proved she’s an amazing comedic actress.
There were some plot loopholes as well. I didn’t understand why Olive didn’t go to her parents when everything started to grow beyond her control, given their close relationship. She eventually tells her mother everything at the end, but I felt like with all the scenes showing us how cool her parents would have been with her situation and would have helped her, it was strange she didn’t come clean to them soon. I also didn’t understand exactly why Olive was best friends with Rhiannon. It was her insistence that Olive actually slept with the guy in the first place that started everything, she never believed Olive when she insisted all the rumors were lies and she eventually joins Marianne’s crusade. She just isn’t a good friend and it doesn’t seem like she and Olive had that much in common so their friendship was a confusion for me.
Overall the movie was entertaining and I suggest it to anyone who is tired of the same old romantic comedy and wants something that harkens back to the Brat Pack movies of the 80s because this movie delivers.