|September 17, 2010|
|Bert V. Royal|
|Comedy, Family, Romance
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teenage sexuality, language and some drug material
“Easy A” is a refreshing teen comedy that evokes the heart of classic 90’s teen dramas with the ability to remain current and relevant. Emma Stone at the helm of the film makes the experience entirely worth it. There are literary and cinematic references, both of which are wrapped with a smart and sexy bow on top.
For the most part, audiences understand “the Scarlet Letter” references. A woman who essentially commits adultery is branded with a red “A” to mark her discretion. What most do not pick up on is the discretion of everyone else involved, which is highlighted nicely in “Easy A”. Essentially, Emma Stone’s character Olive is caught up in a lie that was told to a friend to get out of a camping trip. Though lying is not the most faltering attribute, Olive still stands on moral ground, compared to those using her. Behind the comedy of this film, there is a bigger picture at work.
A large amount of the buzz towards “Easy A” places it way too over the top and not plausible, but that alone acquires the essence of a teen drama. If the producers were going for believable, they would have gone for it. That is why a film like “500 Days of Summer” exists. To be funny, yet true to life, creating an emotional gambit full of raw fervor. “Easy A” exists to be catty and out of proportion, indirect, yet contains a statement; and it works. Sure, the plot is ridiculous and reactions from the crowd of extras are unbelievable, look at any teen drama, the likes of “She’s All That” and “10 Things I Hate About You” and realize that teen drama has always carried these attributes.
Emma Stone is an old soul. She radiates the maturity of an adult and her wisecracking resembles that of someone twice her age. With Stone, “Easy A” may not stand on its own two legs. The rest of the cast fills out nicely, with the return to acting of Amanda Bynes and the elder cast like Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson that make this film cross the line from “National Lampoon” to original and witty, worthy of its own categorizing.
Topped with an excellent soundtrack including “Good Life” by One Republic to grab the slow and gentle side of the film, and “Change of Seasons” by Sweet Thing to catch the remarkable quirkiness brought out of the film from the opening credits placed in the schoolyard grass to the 90’s movies homage and the side of the road closing credits.
“Easy A” carries a style all its own, emanating from the anomalous Emma Stone, worthy of being esteemed in future years when struggling teenagers turn to the cinema to satisfy their assimilation bustle. Though it may appear detached from certain critics, “Easy A” satisfies me on an emotional level and does so with grace and poise.