Excerpt: We were all (or will be) teenagers once. I assume. I usually don't like to do that, but I feel like I'm on pretty solid ground on this one. Because we've all been there, it makes it ripe ground for writers to romanticize, philosophize, and otherwise blow out of proportion. The fact that most paying theater goers are in or just out of high school has nothing do with why so many are getting made, I'm sure. It makes the genre all too easy to be done all too badly.
Conclusion: Finally taking center stage and proving she can carry an entire film, Emma Stone stars in 'Easy A,' a story about high school gossip and the damage they create. Getting a clue from the teen comedies of the 80s, this vague, modernized retelling of The Scarlet Letter is a very funny and highly entertaining flick. The Blu-ray arrives with an excellent audio and video presentation while the supplemental collection is strong and satisfying.
Excerpt: Easy A does sort of stand for something: appeal. It’s a film designed for everybody, relating to those who like classic literature, ’80s movies, teen sex romps, a bit of romantic comedy, and satirical stabs at the drama of high school. It’s even stuck in a safe PG-13 even if it’s obvious that it was meant to burst out of those restrictions and head for the hard-R, the film trimmed and edited to avoid such an occurrence.
Conclusion: Easy A makes the grade, Easy A earns high marks, straight A's for Easy A ; the movie is too easy a target for generic critic blurbs, but in this case they do, for the most part, apply. Easy A is a funny and well-conceived picture about high school drama and the dangers of rumors and labels, all based around the premise of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel The Scarlet Letter .
Excerpt: The Film John Hughes really was beloved for his various teen comedies, and while this reviewer - who grew up pretty much with the characters of Sixteen Candles and Some Kind of Wonderful - enjoyed those films, I found them sort of clichéd. For one thing I wondered - are these teens so absorbed with their social lives that they aren't concerned with things like studying, actually going to class or worrying about the future beyond the third act?
Excerpt: Emma Stone has built a career for herself playing the pretty, smarter-than-average love interest in male-driven movies like Zombieland and Superbad , but the time has finally come for her to be a star on her own. Once you get past the faintly ludicrous conceit that Stone was ever an average-looking high school girl who nobody noticed, she handily carries every scene the whip-smart and deviously funny Easy A .
Excerpt: In Easy A , Emma Stone plays an unassuming high-school student who flouts taboos without really breaking them. That makes her the perfect heroine for a movie that knows the rules of high-school comedies, tweaks them, but still colors within the lines. In one early scene, for instance, a caring, caustic English teacher played by Thomas Haden Church asks a student to throw him a beat, and starts rapping a critique of The Scarlet Letter .
Summary: Everyone will tell you that the best thing about easy-going teen comedy Easy A is Emma Stone and that’s entirely true. As Olive, she carves a niche that’s intelligent and self-aware but not Juno-insufferable. While schoolyard gossip and social hierarchies change on a whim, Olive remains smarter than everyone else, though not necessarily more confident.
Excerpt: Forget what you think this film is going to be like (you aren't even going to hear 'like' after every second word). This is a new generation teen flick. It's witty, intellectual and no subject is taboo. The characters are multidimensional and worldly. An original and funny take on that common double standard of society; the guy gets all the glory, the more he can score. While the girl can do the same and yet you call her... You get the picture.