Easy A

It is hard for a teenage comedy to be funny without coming across as crass but Easy A maintains its dignity while being in this category.  Easy A is the story of Olive Penderghast’s (Emma Stone) fictional fling with the less desirable men of her school.  As false rumors get out, Olive becomes the scorn of the Christians but the hero of the nerds. The film follows Olive through the social penalties at school, the support from her parents and her consequences with the teachers.

The film parallels a book that the students are reading in class, The Scarlett Letter.  I know, cliche!  This cliche is noticed by Olive in one of her Vlogs throughout the movie.  The clever writing allows for this cliche to exist in the plot but used more as a parody.  It leads to some funny moment with Olive wearing a red A on her clothes.  This example of humor instantly reminded me of Tina Fey and 30 Rock. Tina Fey has a way of commenting on cliches and current trends in a different way that allows her to be funny.  Most cliches are a killer for a film but it works here. This film is able to casually walk the line between raunchy cliche filled high school drama and comedic work of art.

Part of the success of this film is Emma Stone in the lead role.  Emma Stone in recent years has had a slew of supporting roles.  Easy A marks her transition to leading lady.  This movie allows her to really present her comedic chops.  From interviews I have seen, some of the scenes, specifically those with Tucci and Clarkson, even have Stone ad libbing. Emma Stone have even earned critical acclaim for her role.  She recently was nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press for Best Actress and their upcoming Golden Globe Awards.

Although Stone leads the film she is supported by well known comedic actors.   Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson act as Olive’s easy going parents.  The dynamic between Tucci, Clarkson and Stone leads to some of the funniest scenes in the film.  Olive’s school is also full of well known faces.  Thomas Hayden Church is Olive’s English teacher,  Lisa Kudrow is her guidance counselor while Malcolm McDermott is the school principal.  Her classmates include Amanda Bynes, Cam Gigandet, Penn Badgley and Aly Michalka.  In this all star cast you would think that these actors don’t stand out but they do.  They each have scenes when they shine.

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