“ Genre: Comedy / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Will Gluck / Actors: Emma Stone, Cam Gigandet, Stanley Tucci, Malcom McDowell, Penn Badgley ... / DVD released 2011-02-21 at Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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Okay it's safe to say that when I was working out what to watch this for my review, things weren't going so great seeing how I been drenched by two jerks driving through puddles beside me on the way home, as well as the stupid blinds falling down again....needless to say it wasn't the best of times. So hence I decided to finally watching while angry punching the buttons on the Sky+ in hopes of finding something fun and carefree. It is only all the more of a bonus that it also happened to feature Emma Stone
Following in the footsteps of Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You and Cruel Intentions, this film sees Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlett Letter" also getting the high school remake treatment in what was originally intended to be the first part of an interlinking trilogy of films and one which would have seen both "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" also being given a similar treatment. As of the time of writing this is still to happen and sadly currently seems unlikely to either. Still as a standalone film this still stands well on its own as Olive not so much reworks the story of Hester Prynne, but instead draws comparison between Hester's life and her own as their situation especially as both are thrown into turmoil by the rumour of sexual promiscuity.
One big difference here though is that Olive unlike Hester refuses to let her new found reputation as the school tramp persecute her, as she not only starts playing up her fake reputation by dressing more provocatively and proudly displaying a red A (the old symbol adulaters as well as the symbol Hester was branded with) on her clothes as she works it for the added popularity and increase social status it gives her, especially when she helps her gay friend Brandon (Dan Byrd) convince the rest of the school is straight by pretending to sleep with him, an event which soon has her offering a similar service to boys at her school that are hopeless in love to help improve their own social status's in exchange for money and gifts though while this starts well with her friend Brandon the quality of gifts soon sharply decline in quality, which only makes it all the more amusing to see Olive working her own pricing structure in regards to what a hardware gift card gets someone.
Sadly while the film plays out it's Scarlett Letter inspired plot well, it sadly throws it away in the last quarter with an unneeded romance between Olive and the school mascot "Woodchuck" Todd played here with grating smugness by Penn Badgley, who I can only guess director Cluck felt came across more hip than he does. It is equally frustrating that the film in places descends into an John Hughes homage, especially with the ending which goes for the grand crescendo of combining elements of The Breakfast Club, Say Anything and Can't Buy Me Love to nauseating effect and the overwhelming feeling that Cluck couldn't think of any other way to end it, especially when it doesn't flow as well as an earlier nod to "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". Still these references only continue to baffle further when you consider that she is supposed to be a current 17 year old and honestly I don't know many kids born in the 90's / 00's who really care about these movies held in such high regard by the kids of my own generation who mostly grew up with them, while those playing catch up like myself usually struggle to see what the fuss is about. True Olive is played as being mature for her age, especially as she confidently references the key points of the "The Scarlett Letter" something I doubt most students her age could, let alone will have watched both film versions, even if her comparison and dismissal of the Demi Moore version is great.
Of course the real strength of this film lies with the confident lead performance by Emma Stone, who is every bit the feisty redhead with an equally sharp and witty tongue, which only makes Olive more fun to be around. It is also equally an advantage that Stone is more than capable of providing a frequently humorous narration (something deceptively harder than it seems as Keira Knightly proved as she snarled her way through "Domino") as she regales the tale of her current situation via webcast complete with handwritten title cards. Equally fun is the support from the more established actors like Thomas Haden Church who appears as a cliché spouting teacher, while Lisa Kudrow takes a break from playing her usual dumb blondes and psycho bitches to instead give us a more neurotic and frantic character as the school guidance councillor who also seems to be frequently justifying her role within the school, as she references one after school session for a student who brought a butter knife to school as she proclaims "It's a gateway knife". Both are so much fun here it makes me wonder why they are not seen more.
Sadly such strong support doesn't extend to her fellow students who are a mixed bag to say the least with Bynes's fanatical Christian being so over the top that it regularly becomes farcial, but considering how Bynes's suffered a breakdown which saw her retire from acting after this film it is hard to tell with this knowledge how much of this was planned. Equally unbelievable is Michalka as Olive's supposive best friend Rhiannon, but never at one point does their friendship seem believable which is only made the more worrying when they are supposed to be best friends which never seems to come across at any point, as instead we are left with a feeling that Rhiannon is someone who has just claimed friendship with Olive rather than anything closer.
It is purely on the strength of Stone's abilities as an actress that this film is as strong as it is, especially with its artistic licence regarding students and patching supporting cast, let alone the fact she pretty much carries it on her own performance which ultimately makes this a fun and breezy watch and certainly put me in better mood, but then considering how fun Olive is to be around its hardly surprising and the type of role we will see Stone playing more in the future, especially as who doesn't love a feisty redhead?
Reading a book about a woman who committed Adultery and wore a red "A" symbol on all of her clothes was a bit like inspiration to help the spiralling rumours of the once invisible Olive Pendergast. Gay friends, Fatties with no friends, Nerdy Virgins and Jerks - all of the types of people you don't want to be rumoured to be rocking the Casbah with but Olive does and for money (bit like prostitution without the prostitution). So it started out with one little lie to a friend who couldn't accept the "no I'm still a virgin" truth and then spiralled into red A symbols, corsets, heals and apparently church do gooders with chylmdia? The truth hurts but apparently so do rumours of being the school bus where literally anyone gets a ride.
Emma Stone ... Olive - Emma is your typical teen movie actress she's starred in a few different films and tends to play the same cute smart girl role similar to what she did in the House Bunny.
Penn Badgley ... Woodchuck Todd
Amanda Bynes ... Marianne
Dan Byrd ... Brandon
Thomas Haden Church ... Mr. Griffith
Patricia Clarkson ... Rosemary
Cam Gigandet ... Micah
Lisa Kudrow ... Mrs. Griffith - who doesn't love friends? School teacher in this one Lisa picks up on the weird over exaggerate like she was a little in friends.
Malcolm McDowell ... Principal Gibbons
Aly Michalka ... Rhiannon
Stanley Tucci ... Dill
Fred Armisen ... Pastor
I wouldn't say the acting was bad I thought it was typical of the actors, nothing out of their league and nothing really to make things interesting. I'm going to say acting was satisfactory it definitely could have been better but if you want a comparison between this and other such teen movies then I would say that definitely this is no different.
So what's the story?
You have a teenage girl who is invisible and pretty much known to no-one she has her best friend who isn't popular but isn't invisible either - her friend assumes Olive did the deed with a college guy after a lie to appear not to be boring this gets spread (like Olives legs later rumoured to be) and then has to keep up with a string of lies. Keeping up with rumours and keeping a web can log of the days and how she feels about the rumours seems to be going out of control when Olive now starts to cover up for teachers and other students as well as appearing like a high end prostitute to her parents - things just seem to be getting worst especially when Olive meets with somebody that she genuinely likes and feels like her virginity has been passed around like a rag doll and this guy thinks it. Things typically end the all American way.
Special effects and Soundtrack
There's no real special effects there's web cam recordings, normal scenes and that's about it - nothing fancy and nothing I would have wanted or needed to have expected - it's a teen film not die hard after all. The soundtrack was mediocre and nothing special I can't remember any of it really and it's not something I think I could remember even after watching this film a few times
I brought this film off of iTunes, it should have been £6.99 from memory but I bought this in a bundle with other teen movies such as Superbad and Bad Teacher and the bundle was £12.99 which worked out better as I like Bad Teacher but to buy on its own you would be looking at £6 off iTunes but you could easily pick this film up off amazon or ebay for £1-3 depending on new or used, personally I prefer to buy films off iTunes I can't loose them and my son can't destroy them so happy days but you are virtually paying for iTunes to do this and you can never sell the film back to iTunes which is a bit rubbish really but at least it's not wasted storing space.
I think I'd rate this 3 out of five stars, it's funny in places, it's enjoyable to watch and passes the time but realistically, the acting, soundtrack, story? They're all typical and American really for this genre we've all watched an American teen film where there's a tramp, a cute guy a rubbish plot and a bit of drama here and there - this film is a bit far fetched in the way of a church go-er sleeping with a teacher and giving them chylmdia I just think bits of it is far fetched. I wouldn't not recommend the film but I can definitely say I've seen much better.
I got sucked into signing up for Lovefilm the other day whilst in town. I said no and before I knew it I had three months for the price of one and had paid £5. I figured I may as well get my five pounds worth so had a look at what films were available. I searched for a few titles to no avail so ended up browsing the comedy section when I came accross this film. I'd heard of it but hadn't watched it so thought I'd give it a go. Because I watched the film online, this is just a review of the film, not the dvd and exta's.
Olive Penderghast is played by Emma Stone. She's a well behaved, model student that's quite laid back and enjoy spending time with her family. In a bid to avoid a camping trip with her best friend, she makes up a fictionary boy that takes her on a date instead. When asked how it went a few days later, she gets carried away and ends up building a story about how she had a great weekend and lost her virginity. The conversation is overheard by the religious prefect Marianne and Olive's sex life becomes the talk of the school. She can admit she lied and rid herself of the rumours surrounding her 'tarty' behaviour or use the rumour mill to her advantage.
I don't want to give too much away as it'll ruin the film if you haven't seen it already. Emma Stone is becoming quite a popular actress after her role in Spiderman. I'd only seen her in zombie land before this and I loved that film so I expected this to be decent. The only other actress in this film that I know is Lisa Kudrow who was in friends. She plays a member of staff at the school. It's not a big blockbuster film, there's no special effects or really gripipng storylines, it's quite a laid back, easy to understand film which is ideal for a younger audience or as something to watch when you're relaxing.
The acting in the film was really good. Olive is the main character so the majority of acting is done by Emma stone. She's very charismatic and fun, I found her very easy to watch. She seems to have a really good sense of fun and humour which I think shines through in her roles. I think she put 100% effort into this film and it worked really well. The other actors were also good so as a whole, the film was quite believable and good to watch.
I liked the storyline. I remember my highschool days and by the looks of it, it hasn't changed that much. Rumours spread like wildfire, mutating on the way round shuffling up social statuses. I thought it was a little bit exaggerated as Emma Stone was 21 when the film was made. The film shows people being very judgmental and treating Olive as a tart because she'd lost her virginity which I thought was a little bit ridiculous as I saw her more as an adult than a teenager in high school. I think a younger actress or making Emma stone look younger would have made the storyline a bit more credible. I was engaged when I was 21!
There are some really fun and quirkly lines in the film which made me laugh out loud. I love the exchanged between Olive and Marianne as one's pretending to be a tarty rebel and the other is a high school prefect who loves God.
Overall, I think the most suitable audience for this film is teenagers as it's about a high school student so they'd probably be able to relate to some of the scenes. Even as an older viewer though, I did enjoy the film. It's quite an unusal storyline and is fun and quirky. It's worth watching if you see it on tele but I wouldn't really buy it as it's not something you'll watch again and again.
When I was browsing the movie channels the other day I set quite a few to record so I could watch them when there was nothing else on that I wanted to watch. The last few months I've been awake from 5am the vast majority of mornings and of course there isn't a great deal on TV at this time of day so I often watch a film then. I usually look out for laid back films that are easy to follow and understand as I am often rather tired or watching it whilst studying or doing bits and bobs for my online business.
I wasn't sure if I had heard of the film Easy A before but after reading the product description I decided that I thought it was worth a watch. This is a film only review.
Olive is at high school and is your regular teen. She likes music and boys and seeing her friends. At home she has her mum, dad and younger adopted brother. She is a lucky teen in the fact that she gets on with all of her family so she is quite a laid back teen without many of the stresses and problems that a lot of teens have.
Her best friend asks her to join her and her parents on a camping trip. Olive really doesn't want to go. She's only met them a couple of times but she thinks they are strange and she feels uncomfortable around them. Therefore she needs to quickly think of an excuse. The first thing she can think of is that she has a date.
Of course on Monday she is expected to tell all. Initially she doesn't say much but after more and more pressure she ends up forging this elaborate story about the wonderful weekend they shared and before she knows it she has lost her virginity, apparently.
The white lie spreads like wildfire and before Olive has a chance to admit she was lying she is the most talked about girl in school.....
I didn't have huge expectations of this film but expected it to be a laid back teen comedy. Essentially this is what I got. The plot was fun and it was slightly different to other films I have seen with a similar plot. I liked the way that Olive was not the person she was believed to be at all.
Olive was a sweet girl but at the same time she did do a lot of things that I don't agree with. However, teenagers do seem to be more accepting when they are going through the transition from childhood to young adult. We were with Olive from the outset so therefore I felt as though I knew her really well and felt quite protective over her.
I did enjoy the plot but did find that towards the middle and the beginning of the second half it began to get quite repetitive and I began to have doubts about Olive because of her behavior. I definitely preferred the first half of the film. The ending was done well though and I felt as though everything was wrapped up in well.
The acting was strong and a lot of the actors were new faces to me but I was impressed by their skills and thought they did a very good job.
The film kept reminding me of the film Mean Girls. I found there were a lot of similarities between Olive and Lindsay Lohan's character.
The film was released in 2010 and stars Emma Stone. It runs for 89 minutes.
This film was what I expected - a laid back comedy. I did enjoy watching it but did find it a little repetitive. I would watch it again if I saw it on TV but I probably wouldn't buy the DVD.
Though I shoved this aside previously, I have heard good things about this movie since it's release and finally got to watch it and had to say enjoyed it.
~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
Olive (Emma Stone) is a high school nobody who, after one made up rendezvous with a college guy, became known as a whore. Helping a friend Brandon, they fake having sex to make him popular and to maintain her reputation.
As gossip spreads quicker than wildfire around her school, she starts cashing in by accepting payments for lying about having sex with any guy. How far will she go before things get out of hand?
Easy A is a tell-all from Olive's perspective as she reveals the truth behind the rumours. I have to admit that it seemed a little stupid at first to go along with the rumours but her teen struggles were believable and really what some people go through today.
As her fake sexual activity escalates, it was also quick to see where the film was going, through it's 'The Scarlet Letter' parallel- but it could've gone both ways- for her to face up to reality or otherwise, live with the consequences.
I felt that this film went pretty far in terms of pushing the rumour mill and some of the things that were made up about her (which were entirely false, I mean everything was) was hilarious- and reflects how our society today perhaps is living in a fantasy we choose to believe in.
Regardless, the climax of the film and the pacing worked extremely well to round off her story without rushing it nor pushing it, and in this way, brought it back to an appropriate close. I liked that it didn't return back to how it was before- there WERE consequences to her actions and whilst she can make amends, the reality of the scars this film chooses to reveal keeps it genuine.
Emma Stone- Olive
Amanda Bynes- Marianne
Penn Badgley- Todd
Also stars Stanley Tucci, Dan Byrd, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Thomas Haden Church...
This is the first film I've seen Emma Stone in, and if I didn't know any better, she plays 'bitch/whore' pretty well, but her more emotional scenes do give her more leeway to becoming a serious actress. I'm interested in the fact that she will be playing the female lead Gwen Stacy in the upcoming Spider Man reboot alongside Andrew Garfield. I didn't love her in this movie but I don't hate her either... so hopefully she will be phenomenal in that film because Kirsten Dunst was so lovable as Mary Jane :P
Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson were hilarious parents, whilst Lisa Kudrow does her usual 'Phoebe' role which she carries to her hilarious new show 'Web Therapy'. Penn Badgley was very much the 'Dan' he plays in Gossip Girl.
'Easy A' was an easy to watch and easy to like mindless teen film which is entertaining and verging on deep if you really want to read between the lines. It believably reflects the trends and reality of what some highschoolers may be experiencing and an exaggerated consequence of the rumour mill. Despite being rated highly by critics, this film is not for everyone, though I'm sure teens and young adults will like it.
I saw this when browsing on Amazon and automatically wanted to watch it as something light hearted yet quirky. It seemed to get some good reviews, and even though I hadn't heard anything else about it, I presumed this would make for easy viewing. I actually found that I quite enjoyed this, so it's one I'd suggest checking out.
Easy A was directed by Will Gluck as a 21st century renovation of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. We're introduced to high school student Olive Penderghast, played by Emma Stone, who feels boring in comparison to her peers. So, when asked by her friend (played by Aly Michalka) what she got up to over the weekend, she took some artistic license with her answer.
Like any lie at school, they have a horrible way of growing and spreading like wildfire. But creating an almost alter-ego of herself as a girl who 'puts out' also brings with it popularity, mostly thanks to Marianne. This girl is the 'Jesus Freak' with a big mouth and a penchant for gossip, so it's not long before everyone's talking about Penderghast and what she gets up to with the boys.
With the choice of either setting the record straight and coming clean that she is, after all, a good student and a good girl, or of playing along with the rumour mill, Penderghast opts for the latter. Suddenly turning herself into a bit of a whore, for lack of a better word, she's strutting around school and getting looks that tell her that she's no longer being ignored. Teachers start to notice, including a school guidance counsellor, Mrs Griffith (Lisa Kudrow).
I won't say much more on the plot except to say that Penderghast sees just how far she can push the lie, and if she could possibly use it for good and help increase her friend's popularity too. But it's a dangerous game, and the attention isn't all positive. Will Penderghast finally regret the very first small lie she told?
What I really liked about this was its more 'quirky' aspects; the script a with witty, sarcastic tone and the comical yet identifiable characters. I actually found myself remembering parts of my own teen life in high school and matching some of the quirks and characters to people I knew. Scratch that, some of the characters reflect people I still know, far out of high school! You get the gossips, the 'nerds', the 'easy girls', jocks and populars, but this film gives the run-of-the-mill teen flick a new edge. I'd also say it's not really a teen flick, more that it's about teens rather than being made for them. The film does have a more 'underground' feel to it, perhaps because it's not been over-advertised or really talked about much, though I'd say it's worth taking a look at this without dismissing it as a teen romp.
Overall, Easy A offers something comical yet intelligently done in the sense that it's not over-the-top or too young in its appeal. It's a flick I'd recommend giving a go without dismissing off the bat; it made for easy viewing and it made me chuckle.
DVD released 2011, running time 89 minutes, rated Certificate 15
Selling on Amazon for £4.49
Cert - 15
Run Time -92 minutes
Genre - Comedy
Country - USA
As most of you know, the 1980s were the biggest and best decade for high school teen comedies, iconic offerings like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink putting everything to shame in recent years, the crass and puerile American Pie films that set the modern trend missing the point altogether, these films best when about getting the girl and the cool soundtrack to go with, rather than gratuitous sex and hotties in every other scene and getting your privates stuck in a pie! The recent Judd Apatow thing began to shift the humor away from that cliché with a bit more erudite thought and story to the scripts recently but the genre could never get back to its glory days. So if we can't have the good stuff anymore then why not send it up some with a little panache, director and writer Will Glick bringing the 'Clueless' and 'Superbad' generation together with Easy A.
Sending up the genre has been done before but not very well, 'Not Another Teen Movie' just about bearable and the best I can think of. But this is not the Scream model of sending up its genre, Easy A a somewhat deeper parody that produces surprise laughs and witty in jokes on the genre. In fact the Burt V Royal screenplay is that witty that even Lisa Kudrow made me laugh in the movie. The film is apparently inspired by Nathanial Hawthorns novel The Scarlett Letter
Emma Stone ... Olive
Penn Badgley ... Woodchuck Todd
Amanda Bynes ... Marianne
Dan Byrd ... Brandon
Thomas Haden Church ... Mr. Griffith
Patricia Clarkson ... Rosemary
Cam Gigandet ... Micah
Lisa Kudrow ... Mrs. Griffith
Malcolm McDowell ... Principal Gibbons
Aly Michalka ... Rhiannon
Stanley Tucci ... Dill
Fred Armisen ... Pastor
Principal Gibbons: "This is public school! If I can keep the girls off the pole and the boys off the pipe, I get a bonus".
Olive's narration to webcam:
"Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80's movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80's movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life".............
Pretty 17-year-old Olive Prendergast (Emma Stone) works hard at school and heading for a good college, her grades high and her lifestyle squeaky clean, but too clean for her best friend Rhiannon (Aly Michalka) who is always suggesting she dump her goody two shoes ways so to get them both invited to the best senior high parties. But when the two are overhead gossiping in the school toilet block about the outrageous way Olive may or may not have lost her virginity over the weekend (the excuse Olive made up to avoid going camping with Marianne for that weekend) that reputation is about to get a boost.
Relishing just how fast the untruths get around the school the girls decide to play on that grapevine to get those invites. But things quickly get out of hand as Olive exaggerate things to the point where she becomes the school slut, creating her alter-ego 'Dirty Skank', a chaos that soon breaks her friendship with Ria. Olive is left to confine in her best friend Brandon (Dan Byrd) on her predicament from now on in and even Brendan, the schools closet gay, finds a way to exploit her new wicked ways, asking her to pretend to have sex with him at one of those wild parties so he doesn't have to carry the gay stigma anymore through school. Because of this action yet more virgins and jocks are soon lining up with offers for Olive for sex with a record token or two in payment.
Olive's unrealistically liberal parents giggle there way through it all whilst Olive's favorite teacher, Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church), recommends her to the school shrink to curb her new found mischievous ways, Councilor Griffith (Lisa Kudrow) his wife. But Olive may not be the only skank in town and as the rumors get completely out of control her actions begin to uncover others misdemeanors and temptations which will need correcting by her.
With just an $8 million budget this made a cool $75 million back, one of the most profitable movies, percentage wise, in 2010, a surprise hit and clearly a send up comedy that has been welcomed. A teen comedy with any sort of intelligence is an attraction and why I liked Superbad so much and many others didn't.
The film takes its time to get going and a good thirty minutes before you trust it to actually deliver. It requires time to build in the characters as it box-ticks all those teen comedy clichés so it doesn't feel, well, cliché. The cute guy carrying a torch for her she never noticed is there and she plays the ten outcast to an exaggerated extent and the jocks and sluts are as equally proportioned. The brilliant Clueless with Alicia Silverstone did all this very well and Mean Girls with the original skanky Lindsay Lohan also had fun with the teen parody but Easy A has tried to move things up to the next notch up and allow the audience to look down on the genre they love, a double parody if you like, Olive taking the rise out of American pie and then mocking The Breakfast Club style film through her webcam narration as the third party element featured throughout the film. In the first person she wants to say 'hey, audience, why do you like this cliché stuff? Then she overlays that with the feeling that is exactly why we all love it, the genre's familiarity the attraction, the soundtracks the soundtracks to our lives too. In the real world the pretty girls only go for the jocks but in movie world we always end up with the perfect partner because they are going through the same emotional high school maelstrom as we are. Well, that's the theory.
Its good stuff and just about earning the fourth star for its sharp and boldness and sassy layered comic approach, reminding me a little bit of that film called Adventureland, where the geeks finally win the day by beating the jocks. Another clincher here is the way Emma Stone nails the lead role, making it credible that a stunning looking teenager wouldn't be the life and sole of the party for once.
The jokes are not belly laughs but the characters plausible and reasonably comic, the kids more like adults and the teachers more like kids the source of the running joke. My only grumble is that it does take a while for it to get going and for you to get into it, but when you do it's suitably rewarding and enjoyable.
IMdb.com - 7.1/10.0 (68,097 votes)
Metacritic.com - 72% critics approval rating
Rottentomatos.com - 85% critics approval rating
Time Magazine - "As for Emma Stone, she didn't have to win me over. She conquered me from the first A."
The Sun - "This is the film where Stone really established herself not only as a star but as an engaging and charismatic actress"
The LA Times - "feminist variation on a literary classic which triumphantly announces that in the 21st Century it's a woman's prerogative to be the town tramp if she darn well wants to".
Hollywood Reporter - "With whip-smart dialog and an interesting premise, along with homage's to the legendary John Hughes (who would be proud of this film), this high school sex comedy is way above average for this lowly movie genre".
= = = = = Special Features = = = =
Director Will Glick and leading lady Emma Stone discuss their film with great relish
Cast & Crew deliberately fluff their lines to have a giggle.
-Emma Stone Audition footage-
To get the part for the lead the actresses had to audition through their webcam musings they sent in by post.
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I love this movie! I must have watched it like 5 times now and I still laugh every time. I was really looking forward to seeing this film when I found out the cast. It had Emma Stone (who I loved from Zombieland), Dan Byrd (I love Cougar Town!) and Amanda Bynes (I grew up watching The Amanda show :D) and it did not disappoint.
The main plot did kind of annoy me though. I am in high school and I thought it was very unrealistic how much people were shocked when the found out what Olive had supposedly done. The pupils reactions were way over the top and to start with I found this really annoying. I soon got over this though because the film was so great.
The film can be a bit cheesy in parts like when Olive is singing along to Pocketful of Sunshine (which I immediately bought and set as my ringtone!) but I kind of feel that this adds to it.
Overall it is a great film which I would recommend to people of all ages (over 15 of course!).
I rented this from blockbuster in their 4 movies for 4 nights for £10 really just so I could watch the other films I'd chosen with the maximum time. I looked at this and firmly expected a same old same old American High School drossy movie and I have to admit that I was completely and pleasantly surprised.
~plot~ (taken from the back cover)
An average high school girl sees her notoriety catapult overnight when she decides to use the school rumour mill to advance her social standing.
Now her classmates turn against her, the school board and her teacher and the guidance counsellor are concerned.
With the support of her parents and long term crush she takes on the grapevine and tries to turn it all around.
I hadn't come across the actress of the main character Olive (Emma Stone) and was totally captivated by her. She funny, witty, sharp and really entertaining supported by an excellent script. She hold the main lead with ease and the relationship she has with her parents (Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson) is quirky and excellent.
In fact if my own Dad wasn't so splendid I'd quite like Stanley Tucci to take on the role. I've so enjoyed watching him in the Devil Wears Prada and Julie and Julia (amongst others) and in this film he charms me further.
This film is intelligent and beautifully directed and produced by Will Gluck and really captures my stereotypical idea of American High School.
Thomas Hayden Church plays the funky teacher we all wish we'd had and long term crush/boyfriend material Todd (Penn Badgley) is a worthy match for our heroine.
Cam Gigandet (Twilight) and Amanda Byrnes are painfully good to watch as the devoutly religious group at school.
Also Olives' best friend Rhianna (Aly Michalka) seems an unlikely candidate for the job.
I deem this to be an excellent film but I really didn't like Lisa Kudrows' Guidance Counsellor character. She just didn't fit the bill for me here, especially as she's so well known, I just didn't feel she suited this role at all. I didn't believe in her and the characterisation was a let down to all the counsellors out there.
If you are looking for 1.5 hours of light, intelligent and frankly mesmerising entertainment the rent this. It's not as girly as you may think and I would definitely watch it again.
When I decided to watch this movie, I was expecting comic genius. I loved Emma Stone in Superbad as Jonah Hill's awkward crush who ends up smashing faces with (in a bad way). However, I soon came to realize that this was not Superbad. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing. It was simply a different kind of movie. I still found it very funny and intriguing, especially considering that the movie is a slight modern interpretation of the classic tale of The Scarlet Letter. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the movie was not the sexy outfits or the lesson of the misinterpretation of language in a typical California high school, but the great job that Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson do as the parents of Emma Stone. They had great on-screen chemistry in terms of their comedy. If you want to see where the comedy will go in the future, I would recommend seeing this film. It has a lot of good young actors that are sure to burn up the spotlight just like in this film. I look forward to seeing the work of Stone and her co-stars in the future as they prepare their upcoming takeover of Hollywood.
I have wanted to watch this film when I first heard about it in the summer. The film wasn't released until the second week of September and I had forgotten about it when I started my job. I was looking through rotten tomatoes website and I came across it and so I rented it. At first I thought I had seen the leading actress in glee and ugly betty but this was another actress who looks a little like her.
The story centres on a high school girl Olive who is virtually invisible at her school. That changes within the space of a minute when she tells her best friend that she lost her virginity in the toilets where a bible hugging girl overhears. The news spreads like fire and the entire school labels her has a whore, slut and tramp to name a few. She has now become very visible. The thing is she hasn't actually lost her virginity. She said that she was spending the weekend with a boy so she wouldn't have to go with the best friend's family on a camping trip. Her friend then thought that she has lost her virginity because she had spent the whole weekend with a boy.
Then there is a series of further rumours which further tarnish her image to make her look like a cheap slut. She does (or does not) do some things to help others in exchanges for gifts. This makes it look like she is trading sex for money, which she isn't. When she tries to turn her image around and tell everyone that it was just a big lie and she hadn't done any of the things said about her it doesn't go to plan.
Emma Stone, a relatively new actress plays the lead role of Olive. She really was the star of the show with her fiery hair and husky voice. This was the first film I have seen her in and she really looks like a promising young actress. This is likely to be the film that will get her noticed. Her parents are played by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci who were both excellent. They played liberal parents with relaxed attitudes. I don't know if it is Amanda Bynes or her character but I really didn't like her in the film.
The film plot is a little like other teen films but instead of the characters being promiscuous this tells the story of pretending to have sex but not actually doing it. This is really a story more about abstinence. It makes a change from all the teen movies that seem to be about sex. Having said that this film is really a teen movie aimed at the 14-18 age range. The issues in the film are all based on puberty, sex and teenage angst. It isn't really an adult film and it definitely would not interest children under 13, nor would it be suitable for them. The language is mild and there aren't any sexual scenes, although there is a scene were two people are pretending to have sex. This is an easy to watch film that is likley to be better recieved by teens and young adults.
About the film
Easy A is a 2010 teen comedy film that was written by Bert Royal, directed and produced by Will Gluck and slightly based on The Scarlet Letter. The DVD was released on 28th February 2011 and is 92 minutes long. Easy A has a rating of 15 due to a storyline revolving around sex, some bad language and drug material.
When Olive Penderghast doesn't want to go camping with best friend Rhi and her family, she makes up a lie to get out of it, only the lie backfires into a full blown rumour. Olive tells Rhi that she had a date with a college guy and lost her virginity to him but Marianne overhears the conversation and doesn't hesitate to spread the rumour around school.
The rumour quickly gives Olive a new reputation as a slut but only one other person knows the truth, a gay friend, Brandon, who is desperate to fix his own reputation. Desperate, he asks Olive to pretend to have slept with him (with payment) so that people at school will think he is straight. Olive thinks doing a favour for a friend wont hurt but little does she know...it only makes things a whole lot worse. Everyone in school has this new image of Olive and she is having a hard time shaking it off so decides to play the part instead. When everyone else thinks of her as a slut, how can she get the one guy she really does like?
Emma Stone as Olive Penderghast
Aly Michalka as Rhiannon "Rhi" Abernathy
Amanda Bynes as Marianne Bryant
Penn Badgley as "Woodchuck" Todd
Thomas Haden Church as Mr. Griffith
Patricia Clarkson as Rosemary Penderghast
Stanley Tucci as Dill Penderghast
Lisa Kudrow as Mrs. Griffith
Cam Gigandet as Micah
Malcolm McDowell as Principal Gibbons
Dan Byrd as Brandon
What I thought
I had been wanting to see this film since it was on at the cinema but never got around to it. As soon as it was released on DVD I knew I had to go and buy it, even at the price of £9.99 (Amazon) which I would never usually pay anymore. I always wait now until DVDs go down in price as they're just not worth paying the full, new release price for anymore.
The only film I can remember seeing Emma Stone in was The House Bunny but she didn't stand out very much to me then and I only really realised it was her after watching this film/ googling her. She definitely stands out to me now though. I was really impressed with her performance in this film and loved the personality her character, Olive, had. She's witty and sarcastic but really funny at the same time which is obviously something she gets from her parents, who were also fantastic characters. The film begin with Olive broadcasting through an online video of how she lied and what it was all about. You can tell from the very beginning that although she has the 'typical teenager' role, she is anything but that. This girl has attitude and it made me love her immediately.
The supporting cast are great and really help to make the film what it is. There are also some quite good names in there too as far as teen comedies go. Penn Badgley of Gossip Girl plays the main love interest of Olive but he wasn't featured nearly enough for me. His character, Todd, is always in the background more than anything so I didn't get to know him as much as I would have liked. There was a great Gossip Girl reference in the film though which made me chuckle. While other cast members like Cam Gigandet and Amanda Bynes do a great job, there was one person who I was extremely disappointed with. Lisa Kudrow, best known as Phoebe in friends and the characters that she plays are usually quirky and funny but not this time. As the school guidance counsellor, I was expecting some really funny lines out of her but she fell flat each time there was a chance for this.
The overall plot was really funny and move along at a good pace. Although there aren't any really major scenes (maybe just the one) it always seemed as if something interesting was happening. I loved the idea for the whole film and to watch one little rumour turn into a massive deal was great to watch. What was more interesting than the rumour itself was how Olive's friends and peers reacted to her new reputation and how they began to treat her after she was known for sleeping around. I haven't read The Scarlet Letter, which does play a big part in this film, but it is featured enough so that you can understand why it was used/ referenced to anyway.
If you like films like Superbad or Mean Girls, this is definitely a film for you. I was laughing the whole way through and was sad that I didn't watch it sooner!
Seeing the trailer for this I thought it looked like a good teen comedy with a difference - and I was right!
Olive (Emma Stone) is basically a good student, who doesn't get into trouble and doesn't sleep around. A camping trip with her friend doesn't sound too appealing though so she lies to her and tells her she was with her boyfriend. Her friend, after much questioning, makes her mind up that Olive has in fact slept with this 'boyfriend' and before long it's around the whole school. It doesn't dent her image though, and everyone pats her on the back for it and looks at her a bit differently. So when her male gay friend Brandon asks her to pretend she's slept with him, to make him more popular and stop him being bullied she agrees thinking it won't hurt. Before long though lots of guys at school are taking advantage and Olive begins to regret lying in the first place.
So yes, it's a typical teen film, but it's not really done like most teen films - the comedy and jokes are a little bit darker than perhaps most 15 year olds would understand and so the films appeal is rather broad. In fact the cinema had all different age groups in it including adults who can probably still remember the pains of being young and studious at school and wanting to break out of the mould.
It's loosely based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter - except this is a rather raunched up version! It's sometimes though hard to believe that Stone's character would ever have trouble finding a half-decent boyfriend being so articulate, intelligent and pretty. But there we are. If you think back to Mean Girls with Lindsay Lohan and the success and great reviews that film has, this is somerwhat similar. Let's hope she doesn't go down the same route at Lindsay Lohan though!
There are a lot of underlying jokes in this film, Amanda Bynes plays a Christian girl who thinks Olive is just utterly despicable not only for her sins but for not being Christian - even though she herself states that all other religions are "science fiction" - so she isn't too open minded herself. Amanda Bynes never usually plays a supporting role but she is well placed here, playing a role very different to the norm.
Lisa Kudrow plays a teacher in school who is having an affair with a student - it's a mildly amusing little sub-story but you don't really feel any warmth towards her character and the story is gone almost as quickly as it arrived, and you do wonder if there was much point in including that subplot or not. It doesn't spoil the film though, and it still bounds along at super speed.
Rated 15 for it's constant discussions of sex, Easy A is a smart and surprising film with a cast who are much better actors than your usual teenage clan. Definitely a teen film not to write off - reccommended.
I thought that the trailer for this looked really good and decided that I just had to see it! Although I'd not heard of the lead actress in it, the plot did seem pretty good and unique, quite different to the chick flicks that I'd normally go and see.
The tagline of the film really pretty much sums it up in one sentence 'Lets not and say we did.' What seems like one little white lit soon escalates into so much more and has consequences that olive could never have thought of! Olive has a spotless reputation and when she wants an excuse to get out of camping with her best friend, she thinks nothing more than saying that she was with her 'boyfriend', who doesn't actually exist. The lie then expands into saying that she slept with him, and after talking to a friend Brandon, she pretends to sleep with him so that the rumours about him being gay will stop. Once she's done this, more people start coming up to her, and her reputation gets worse and worse as the lies increase and she stitches a red 'A' on her clothes for adulterer (reference to The Scarlett Letter.) will the lies ever stop?
I really enjoyed this film, it has some total laugh out loud moments yet it had some more serious, poignant moments that were also really nice to watch. The relationship between the characters were done really well, I liked the relationship between olive and todd as it just seemed really genuine but I have to wonder if Olive's best friend really was her best friend with the way their relationship went! It had a 15 rating but I didn't think the film was actually really that bad and would have been fine with a 12 rating, but I suppose they might have to give it a 15 when the whole film is basically about sex! I'll be looking forward to getting it on DVD when its released.