Director: Will Gluck
Time: 1 hour 32 minutes
Starring: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Stanley Tucci
It's unfortunate that "Easy A" had to open on the same weekend as "The Town". It would be the movie of the week had it opened against competition that wasn't as tough as Affleck's film. Nevertheless, "Easy A" is something really special. Very memorable performances from Emma Stone, Thomas Haden Church and Stanley Tucci make it a refreshingly enjoyable comedy.
"Easy A" is like a mix of "Mean Girls" and "Clueless". The film is very witty, funny and relevant to its audience. Emma Stone plays Olive -- an unnoticed high school student who after telling a white lie to one of her friends, finds out that word spreads fast through high school -- and often it spreads with its own embellishments. You see rumor has it that Olive likes to sleep around. Once overlooked by her peers, Olive is now the talk of the school and everyone has their eye on her. Ever the capitalist, Olive contrives a couple of ways that she can make a buck off of the rumor while helping out the less popular kids in her school as well.
What I like about "Easy A" is that it doesn't degrade its audience by dumbing down the content. While there are very simple ideas being tossed around in the film, much of the content is still very witty and turns out to be very funny as well. You have to appreciate writers who are trying to get a genuine laugh out of someone without having to go with the whole "comedic shock" strategy by pulling off weird prop stunts.
Aside from the clever script, the characters and acting are also top notch. "Easy A" will do for Emma Stone what "Mean Girls" did for Lindsay Lohan. This is truly Stone's breakout performance after playing second fiddle in films like "Superbad" and "Zombieland" -- and Stone is up to the task. Her sultry voice and sarcastic delivery make her a unique type of actress and "Easy A" really complements her. The best performances of the film however go to Stanley Tucci and Thomas Haden Church. Both are fortunate enough to get very funny scripts and their scenes are easily the funniest in the film.
Where "Easy A" lacks is pacing. The first 85% of the film has the audience spoiled with witty moment after witty moment that when the film begins to slow down, it seems like the story has come to a complete stop. This makes the last 15% play out more like a chore. This is only a slight oversight however, as "Easy A" is so thoroughly developed in its other aspects that the pacing can be overlooked.
If you are looking to see something that is clever and funny, catch "Easy A" at Tango Theatres this weekend. You will be satisfied with the result.
4.5 out of 5 stars.