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Easy A review
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I know that the 2010 film 'Easy A' (a remake of 'The Scarlet Letter' geared toward teenagers) received a lot of positive reviews, and is supposed to be really witty and sharp and clever and blah blah blah; what I don't understand is why

I ABHORRED this horrid excuse for a movie -- possibly even more so than 'The Interview' (my other Least Favorite Movie That I Watched in 2015).

To begin with, there are way too many aggravating pop culture references sprinkled throughout the film. Now, I don't always mind pop culture references in movies; sometimes I even enjoy them. But in this case, lines such as "I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me" -- said by a teenage girl (because that's how all teenage girls talk, after all) -- come across as very "written", rather than natural. All of the pop culture references in 'Easy A' smack of the screenwriter injecting his own personal tastes into the script; none of them feel authentic.

Then there are the characters; I pretty much hated all of them. Same goes for the performances. 

Some of the onscreen portrayals are simply uninteresting (please go back to "Gossip Girl", Penn Badgley); some are rather unlikable (yes, that includes Emma Stone as the lead character "Olive"; I am not a fan of snarky teenage heroines). And some are utterly reprehensible -- namely, Amanda Bynes as "Marianne", aka the token "evil Christian." Because, of course, that's SO VERY ORIGINAL  for Hollywood; no movie has ever depicted Christians as sanctimonious and judgmental before (because, of course, all Christians act just like Marianne!). The movie doesn't even try to "complicate" Marianne by giving her a "softer side" -- or any other personality trait other than "ridiculous caricature."

On top of everything else, 'Easy A' is also quite boring. It's so boring, in fact, that it eventually put me to sleep!

I probably don't need to bother mentioning that I didn't go back to watch the scenes that I'd missed after I feel asleep, nor do I have any desire to do so; you couldn't pay me to spend another minute on this crap. (1/10)

Added by thaskett
3 years ago on 9 April 2016 02:08