Published Sep 16, 2010What Ojai, California high school student Olive Penderghast has to go through in director Will Gluck's Easy A to get her "A" cannot be described as anything remotely close to easy. That said, sitting back and watching her trials and tribulations is one of the easiest things you'll ever have to do.
Not only does Gluck make it simple for us to enjoy his second feature film, he makes sure we learn a thing or two while we're in the midst of losing ourselves in hysterical laughter. Did I mention this is a teen comedy?
We are first introduced to Olive on her web cam. The lovely Emma Stone stares directly at us and tells us flat out that we are about to hear her side of a story, which she insists is, in fact, the right side. She proceeds to tell us in incremental chapters about how one lie she told to her best friend in a bathroom about how she lost her virginity to a college boy over the weekend spiralled out of control and ruined her life.
She has a face you want to believe, but we have no reason to trust her, really. It is Stone's conviction that ultimately sells it though; she is a strong, young lady, but her vulnerability is never disregarded and I can't think of any reason why she would make any of this up.
Easy A is easily one of the funniest films I've seen all year. The entire ensemble, from Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci (as Olive's ultra-open-minded parents) to Thomas Haden Church (as Olive's favourite teacher), are hilarious and having the best of times in their roles.
Essentially, the whole thing is infectious, leaving a lasting impression because it goes beyond the sharp, witty dialogue we've come to expect in any teen comedy effort to show us that intelligence and growth are not yet lost on the young. (Sony)