DVD RvReview: Easy A
Did Ross McG give this movie an ‘A’? Did we just start another DVD review with a lame joke? Questions.. questions….
Easy A (three stars)
Sony, 15, £15.99
In a neat twist from the usual goings-on in teen flicks, Easy A asks us to root for the high school slut. Except Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) isn’t really a slut at all – a little lie about losing her virginity has just gotten out of hand. When some of the less cool kids learn of her newfound reputation, they ask her to to pretend she’s slept with them too in order to improve their street cred. Loosely based on The Scarlet Letter, Easy A follows a fine teen movie tradition of kinda, like, you know… adapting well-known literary works. Like Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You, it has bags of charm, thanks to Stone’s winning performance and some entertainingly bizarre turns from Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as her kooky parents. Where it falls down slightly, however, is in its attempt to shoehorn in some melodrama, particularly through Lisa Kudrow’s rather horrible guidance counsellor, who is more cardboard cutout than credible character. Easy to watch, then, but not quite an A.
This review first appeared in the Metro newspaper