Easy A

Last week the cast of “The Breakfast Club”, minus Emilio Estevez, got together to celebrate the movie’s 25th anniversary.  It wasn’t as joyous as it could have been with the absence of its creator, John Hughes, who died last year.  No one has really come close to recapturing what Hughes did with the teen comedies of the 1980s.  If Hughes was alive today, “Easy A” is a movie he might have made.

Emma Stone is Olive, a self described “invisible girl” at her high school (hard to believe considering she is an attractive young woman).  She becomes very recognizable when she agrees to pretend to be the girlfriend of a gay boy at school and they fake having sex at a party so he will not be picked on.  She then goes on to become a “slut” pretending and saying she has been with other guys in the school, most notably, guys who would be considered to be “ugly” or the losers of the school.  All these lies eventually catch up to Olive.

The movie does grow on you as it progresses.  It is mostly told in flashbacks as Olive is doing a live video blog on what happened and how she is doing the vlog to set the record straight.  There are some fun laughs and the movie is pretty harmless considering the subject matter.  The movie does make a small statement on how life is in high schools regarding the popular and the unpopular kids.  When your not an athlete, attractive, or in a popular club such as theater, you often find yourselves on the outs, and it’s a little sad that the only way you can find your way in is if everyone thinks you have had sex or at least fooled around with someone.  So the message of how these kids who you thought weren’t cool, but now think they are because they “got some” were actually cool all along.

The cast does a good job in the movie.  Emma Stone carries the movie well and all the young talent around her looks good.  The grownups in the movies, Stanly Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow and Malcolm McDowell all do a solid job as you would expect from them.  One oddity is that the sound seems to be a bit off sync with the movie.  You don’t often see such a technical flaw in a major motion picture.  The movie is rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material.