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

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9 Responses to “DVD RvReview: Easy A”

  1. Ross McDonagh ‘likes’ this.

    ….Oh shit, wrong review

  2. I really enjoyed Easy A, it’s not perfect and fall a little short from being a teen comedy classic but overall, thanks to Emma Stone, this was a pleasing movie that will left me with a smile on my face.

  3. I like(D) Emma Stone (no she has turned into a Hollywood clone) but I really didn’t get the hype. It was ok I guess.

  4. Not perfect by any means, but one of the funnier comedies of the year, and a perfect love letter to all the John Hughes teen comedies. Good Review!

  5. I dug it, but I think this is one of those “out of nowhere” pleasant surprises. And I love that scene of the family picking which movie to watch (“are you accusing me of nepotism?”). My whole clan found it wonderfully familiar.

  6. nothatwasacompliment Says:

    i would have liked this one a lot more if they took out everybody but emma stone, stanley tucci, and patricia clarkson. just follow those three and then you’d have a good movie!

  7. Amanda Bynes was great too. Can never have enough Bynes

  8. Kudrow did feel stuffed in there. She really felt like a “movie character” so to speak.

  9. I enjoyed this movie. Emma Stone did a wonderful job and it’s nice to see Kudrow in movies. I loved her in friends.

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