Becky and I went to see Easy A last night at the AMC theater in Castle Rock, CO. The Fandango website at Easy A describes the movie as follows:
“The escape of a little white lie teaches a clean-cut teenager (Emma Stone) to use the high-school rumor mill to her advantage…”
Becky and I had high expectations for this film. We were looking forward to seeing it when we saw the previews. The storyline seemed like it would be a fun flick for teenagers. It’s a story about a pretty girl who accidentally starts a rumor about herself being “easy” in High School when she tells a friend about an escapade she didn’t really have with an older guy. When the rumor goes crazy she decides to play off the famous novel The Scarlet Letter by sewing an “A” for “adulterer” on her wardrobe and start dressing like Julia Robert’s character in Pretty Woman. A story that is obviously different from anything that has been done before.
The movie is funny and there are some great lines in the film. It panders quite a bit to the homosexual community, typical Hollywood, and focuses a bit too much on that audience. The language is terrible with constant swearing and rough language. The young characters and adults in the film swear more than a crew of drunken sailors. It was annoying and really took away from the film, so be aware of this issue. Especially, if you decide to take any of your PG-13 children to see this one.
They really poke fun at Christians, who are the evil children in this movie spreading the rumors about the main character and incredibly stupic. Funny that they singled out this group when the movie is about how wrong it is to make fun of people in High School, but apparently Christians are an easy target. You have to love the hypocrisy of Hollywood as Amanda Bynes character is a total jerk and moron in this movie since she is a Christian.
Beyond the short comings of the movie, Emma Stone was really great in this film and she did a superb job with her character and definitely delivered. They had her go off the deep end with her language by the end of the film, which didn’t fit her character who was a brilliant linguist throughout the movie. Beyond that she was funny, clever and is a beautiful young actress with plenty of talent. We’ll look forward to seeing her in future roles, but I can’t say we’ll be looking for films Directed by Will Gluck or written by Bert Royal.
This one is definitely a rental at best.
John – ** Rental
Becky – * Don’t Bother
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