So it seems that lately I’ve been branching out beyond my comfort zone and indulging in movies an television I usually wouldn’t have anything to do with. This week par example, after a brutally stressful situation at home I took my woman out for a nice movie date.
On this particular outing we landed on seeing the motion picture: Easy A starring Superbad’s Emma Stone and Amanda Bynes (pretending to be young enough to be in high school).
I had seen commercials for this movie plastered on bus stops and television commercials for the last month or so and figured it would be just a horrible cookie cutter teen comedy to be used as a springboard to help catapult a young actress’s blossoming career, turns out I was sort of kind of halfish wrong? Well in the sense that I’m sure this will be great for Emma Stone’s name, but it wasn’t exactly horrible, or particularly cookie cutter.
The movie is about this girl named Olive, who despite being a crazy hot teenager in a California high school, is still a virgin. Through a series of rumors (started by her) she ends up basically becoming the schools prostitute in an attempt to surround her name with infamy and legend... When really, she just accepts gift cards to different stores in exchange for starting rumors about her fucking around with various nerds and gay guys to stop them from getting shit-kicked at school. Of course, this amazing plan ( =\ ) ends up going south and a lot of hilarity and sadness ensues.
I found that at the beginning of the film Easy A was trying way too hard to disassociate itself from other movies tied into a similar genre. There was a few awkward points where the basically made attempts at calling itself unpretentious when really it should have been left to flow naturally. But I guess character introduction is either really smooth, or kind of rough there isn’t really an in between point.
Overall though I found this movie very funny and easy to pay attention too (where a lot of movies leave me looking over my shoulder trying to read the backwards letters for the deaf people on the thing above the projector). The interactions with her parents (who are new aged and funny, but not annoying like the fucking god damn parents from Juno) are worked in smoothly and with a lot of well timed and placed laughs. Also the adage of the schools Christian Youth Group (lead by Amanda Bynes) ended up creating some good Clergy based jokes.
Overall Easy A was a very pleasant surprise of a movie. I love when I walk into a movie that I think I’m going to be disappointed by, and come out with a smile on my face. This film achieved its goal of taking my mind off of my at-home drama, and to that I think ye Easy A. On a scale from 1–Awesome I’d give it a "Great Job Sport" (I think that’s like an 8 on a normal scale)