Review – Easy A

 

“The books you read in class always seems to have a strong connection with whatever angsty adolescent drama is being recounted. I consider this. Except for “Huckleberry Finn,” because I don’t know any teenage boys who have ever run away with a big, hulking black guy.”

 

So tonight I had the utter privilege of rewatching one of my favourite movies of all time; Easy A starring Emma Stone. This movie is sheer witty teenage genius. It’s right is up there with Bring It OnMean Girls and John Tucker Must Die. If you haven’t watched it, go right now and fulfil your inner teenage dream.

This movie also features one of my favourite weekend scenes. It is literally how I feel most weekends. And it’s choreographed to Natasha Bedingfield’s “Pocketful Of Sunshine”.

 

I’ve gotta pocket, gotta pocket full of sunshine…

Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) gets carried away in the high school hysteria of losing one’s V-Card.  After being overheard exagerating by a Christian do-gooder (Amanda Bynes), word spreads that Olive’s easy.  When in detention, she agrees, out of the kindness of her heart, to help a gay guy fend off the homophobes by pretending to have sex during a large party. Once word is out that she is ‘open for business’, other guys start paying her to say they’ve ‘got busy’.

 

 

Things escalate quickly to involve a teacher/student affair, chlamydia and Olive basically beating herself up about being caught up in it all.

 

 

This movie deals with some heavy issues very lightly and that’s one of my favourite things about it.

 

 

For example, Olive’s parents both chat to her about her “homosexual” boyfriend. They are non-judgemental and encourage open conversations about pretty much anything. Awesome parental representation, Easy A.

 

 

There are so many brilliant one liners in Easy A, I can’t even get gifs for all of them. As the movie shuffles past half way, the serious themes come on stronger and the consequences of Olive’s actions become trickier to untangle.

 

 

The music in Easy A is as memorable as the movie itself. “Trouble Is A Friend” by Lenka is ridiculously catchy.

 

 

 

Easy A has a pretty strong cast including Penn Badgley, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci and Lisa Kudrow. Its self-referential humour carries the weaker plot points past your conscious and strikes true when you need it to.

 

 

Meanwhile, it has a seemingly pointless but fun musical number, a great 80s ending and a whole lot of intertextuality.  A must see for anyone studying English right now!

 

“We’ve had nine classes together since Kindergarten — ten if you count Religion of Other Cultures, which you didn’t because you called it science fiction and refused to go.”

 

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