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Easy A
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 08:17

Easy AEasy A is worthy of its title as an above average teen comedy that truly makes the grade for having a smart (for once) female protagonist, and biting humour.

Olive (Emma Stone) is a straight-laced student who is always making the right decisions and doing the right thing. She’s average (though it’s hard to imagine adorable Emma Stone as average), and she goes through life virtually unnoticed by her peers. That is, until she makes up a totally untrue story about losing her virginity that spreads like wildfire through school, courtesy of a mean-spirited Jesus-freak played by Amanda Bynes.

StrutOlive, being the philanthropist that she is, starts lying about her sexual exploits to help out the local geeks who just want social acceptance.

Before you know it she’s comparing her life to The Scarlett Letter and brandishing her own sexy new clothes with a bright red “A”. My only peeve with this movie is that the definition of “adultery” is sexual liaisons that involve at least one married party. Even though everyone calls her one, Olive is at no point an adulterer. Slut, yes. Hoe, yes. Adulterer, no.

Emma Stone and Amanda BynesEasy A is full of sharp jokes and hilarious characters, including Olive’s parent’s played by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci. They steal their scenes! Amanda Bynes is a show-stopper as well with her absolutely over-the-top Christian values. I’d give this movie a close comparison to other sharp teen comedies like Mean Girls or Saved.

Easy A is just plain fun and will definitely launch Emma Stone to the top of the young-Hollywood heap.

Directed by Will Gluck, Starring Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes Screenwriter Bert V. Royal claims to have written almost the entire script in five days.

Emma Stone’s first film appearance was in Superbad.