After Olive Pendergast (Emma Stone) tells her best friend Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka) that she cannot go camping with her family because she has a date rumours begins to spread. Olive becomes known as the school skank and is approached by guys to have sex with them. Olive comes up with a plan where she fake has sex with guys for payment. But soon the rumours become more and more vicious and Olive becomes hated by many in the school. She tries to find a way to figure everything out before she loses everything, including her education.
Easy A is one of the best comedies to be released in quite a long time. There is a unique feel to it. Emma Stone helps make this movie believable and fresh. Her down to earth charm plays a huge factor in the success of this film. Emma is one of the premiere leading ladies in Hollywood. She has the potential to star in comedy and dramas or do a brilliant mixture of both. Emma is accompanied by some surprisingly good performances in this film. Amanda Bynes is beyond hilarious playing an ultra religious girl who boycotts Olive after the rumours spread. Alyson Michalka plays Olives jealous best friend Rhiannon. Penn Badgely plays Todd, a guy who Olive has known forever, and sees past her little game. This cast does such a wonderful job of being exactly what they are, young and enthusiastic.
The elements of Easy A that make it an attractive film is the cast, the plot and the social commentary. A very good balance of saying what has already been stated many times in a new and refreshing way. Easy A finds the balance between cracking a joke about what is relevant in today’s society and flat out telling us something it feels is wrong. It makes a comment about people judging others by making it seem a little over the top. The thing about Easy A is that is all a big joke until people start to get hurt by what is happening, and that is when this movie transcends the barrier from being just another teenage sex comedy to a full fledged mature adult film. Easy A takes the necessary steps to be liked by many, but it also takes the steps to be noticed by many who would just simply disregard it as just another raunchy comedy.
Easy A is one of the better films I decided not to pass up in recent months. I liked the happy-go-lucky beginning the wonderful flow and pacing it has through out the middle. Most of all it had such an interesting conclusion, where the jokes and the light heartedness of what really is a touchy subject took a backseat and the realization of how many people were now intertwined in this web of lies took the forefront. Easy A deals with many issues that young teens face and for the most part handles them well, but took it that extra step to make sure we fully understood the intentions.
Easy A really is one of the best teenage years set movies since the John Hughes era of films. It makes a reference to Hughes when Olive mentions her life is not a John Hughes film. For this film the references to pop culture really serves a major purpose. There had to be a decent level of pop culture references because this film is a modern take on the Scarlett Letter. They tied that aspect in very nicely. The filmmakers took into account that many people may not know of the Scarlett Letter and so they made it so Olive’s class was studying it in the movie. This idea helped the audience get a general understanding of what the Scarlett Letter was about, while still making the modern jokes about pop culture.
Easy A is an Easy film to buy into, there are a lot of really funny jokes, a lot of over the top antics involving teenagers and a few dramatic bits that help sum up how hard growing up can be. In the end Easy A is a film I really enjoyed because it went where it should have. Easy A is a film worth watching. Emma Stone and the rest of her cast mates deliver such wonderful performances that it helps make the film so much more engaging. Easy A has further made me a fan of Emma Stone, and has made me a fan of Amanda Bynes. Don’t pass up Easy A, watch it and enjoy it.