Kim Takes On: EASY A
Published: September 19, 2010 - 11:15pm
Easy A is one of the good surprises of the summer. Starring Emma Stone as Olive Penderghast, a young girl who becomes a victim of her school “rumor mill” after someone overhears the white lie she tells her best friend about losing her virginity. After a failed attempt to cease the rumors she begins to embrace them and uses them to help her, and others, climb up the social ladder of her school.
I won't lie, I went into this flick not really expecting to enjoy it. I'm not a fan of Emma Stone. I find her acting to be bland if anything. She showed a potential in this movie that I had yet to see in any of her previous films. Her comedic timing was very noteworthy and she delivered her lines with much charisma.
Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson were two of the highlights of the movie playing Olive's parents Dill and Rosemary Penderghast. Both had an incredible chemistry with each other as well as with Stone. Both characters were over-glorified buddy parents which sadly made them unbelievable; regardless, that didn't take away from the entertainment the two brought to the film.
Amanda Bynes switches herself up in this film by playing the antagonist rather than the protagonist. I have to admit, though, she seemed to really be struggling with the character as opposed to her usual goofball, sweetheart persona. As much as I like her, she was the weakest link in the film.
The storyline itself was fairly decent; it included dialogue which exceeded my expectations for a film of it's genre. The dialogue was intelligent and witty without the crudeness of profanity and "cringe-worthy" sexual comments. That, in itself, seems to be a rare feat as many of the latest comedies seem to rely too much on such vulgarity. The film can easily be perceived as being directed towards the younger audience but is intelligent enough that any parent can thoroughly enjoy the film without feeling like they are dumb-ing themselves down. The last act did seem to falter and the ending was a bit disappointing as it seemed to be left too open. Not like some movies where you feel a sequel could be a possibility, but open to where you feel not everything was resolved accordingly. I truly felt I was left hanging and many other members of the audience asked amongst themselves, "That was it?"
To be put simply, Easy A can be judged and/or labeled as a modern day Ferris Bueller. Surprisingly funny, sincere, and enjoyable for many with a main character you can't help but like.
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