- Directed by: Will Gluck
- With: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley
- 92 Minutes
- IMDb: 7.2
So I had nothing else to do and I was in the mood for watching something soft and funny. After searching a bit on the web for a movie to watch I ended up looking at this movie in some lists so I decided to give it a shot. I was expecting a funny movie (a bit like the teen-comedy “Accepted”) but “Easy A” was a bit more than that. Some people say it’s predictable and cheesy, I say it’s smart and absolutely funny and I believe that a movie doesn’t need to be a masterpiece to be entertaining and enjoyable.
“Easy A” is the story of one high school girl, Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone), who decides to lie to her best friend, Rhiannon, by saying that she was going on a date. After passing the entire weekend listening to Natasha Bedingfield’s “Pocketful of Sunshine” (which is actually sort of addictive) and chilling out at home, Olive is confronted by Rhiannon about her date and she tells her that she lost her virginity to a college guy. Olive though this could actually work but unfortunately for her, a strictly religious girl overheard the story about the weekend and thanks to the gossiping the lie spread through the entire school at the speed of light. With all eyes on her, Olive decides to tell the truth to her friend Brandon, who is being a victim of bullying for being gay, and she decides to help him by pretending they had sex at a party. Because of what happened, Olive has a fight with her best friend over her new identity as “dirty skank”. Brandon decides to tell one of his friends what happened at that party and then his friend decides to offer Olive money if he could tell everyone that she had make out with him. The requests began to be more frequent since boys who had no chance with girls in the past believe that with these lies they could be luckier with love. But after a student got diagnosed with chlamydia, the provocative Olive wants to clear her name as soon as possible. With the help of one of her teachers and the fewer friends that still support her, Olive will fight against every gossip and lie in order to return to her old and pacific life.
Always in a funny tone, “Easy A” made me laugh a lot and I was amazed with Emma Stone’s performance that is really top quality. As the leading actress she did a terrific job by interpreting Olive and it’s clear that her performance was the cherry on top of the cake. Yes it was a bit predictable but I liked it a lot anyway, because sometimes movies with stories a bit predictable can end up being pleasant surprises. And with a material that was used several times, the creators of “Easy A” did a pretty damn good job.
The soundtrack of the movie was also quite good, with several known songs including Olive’s favorite “Pocketful of Sunshine” which is one of the things that I believe I could easily relate to this movie. There are also references to the iconic movie “The Breakfast Club” which is getting a bit usual in nowadays high-school movies. “Easy A” was indeed a pretty decent movie and I liked it almost as much I liked “Pitch Perfect”. It seems that high school movies are now leaving the “American Pie” and are starting to be more funny and smart.
Perhaps I was with the right mood to watch it or perhaps I was just captivated with all the energy of the movie. From Emma Stone’s great performance to all the craziness of the story, “Easy A” was a good pick and I’ve enjoyed it a lot.