After some pretty impressive minor roles in 'Zombieland' and 'Superbad', witty teen comedy 'Easy A' has finally managed to catapult Emma Stone towards Hollywood A list stardom, in this long overdue leading role. With its sporadically genius script and an abundance of seasoned actors, 'Easy A' easily gets an A+ in my books, for originality and hilarity - refreshing after a summer of mediocre comedies.
Invisible high schooler Olive Prendergast (Stone) decides that the only way she can get out of lying to her best friend (Michalka) about her weekend, is to tell her that she lost her virginity to a college guy. Little does Olive know that the resident school Christian devotee Marianne (Bynes) has overheard the whole thing and it isn’t long before Olive gets tangled in a little white lie that spreads throughout the school. Now faced with the shameful label of school slut, Olive decides to use her new social status to help some of her male student friends gain acceptance from their peers, by pretending to sleep with them. Who will be the one person that will see through her bad girl act and how will she ever convince people that it was all a lie?
Reminiscent of 'Mean Girls' and 'Clueless', 'Easy A' has restored my faith in high school comedies and Emma Stone is perfect for the role of the insecure Olive. It’s very rare that such teen classics come along and one can only hope that the charming Stone doesn’t end up like former star Lindsey Lohan, although somehow Stone’s sincerity and ability leads me to believe that great things are in store for her. The fiery haired actress brings a certain aloofness and empathy to the role that could have ended up a disaster in another's hands. She’s that girl at school that everybody wants to be friends with and now she’s going to be that actress in Hollywood that everyone wants in their film.
Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson play a stormer in their undersized roles as Olive’s quirky yet extremely hip parents. There are some great comedic sequences between parents and daughter with the adoption humour especially raising the laughs. My only complaint is that this hilarious pair weren’t given more screen time to develop their characters. The chemistry between Tucci and Clarkson is super.
While the film will primarily attract teens and chick flick loving girls, there’s something about Stone’s straightforward performance and the support of an impressive cast that will make it thoroughly enjoyable for everyone.
An extremely smart high school comedy, that manages to capture life as a teenager and makes me count my blessings that my school days are long gone.