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School can be a vicious place. The older you get, the more susceptible you are to the rumour mill, and this mill can make or break you. Which is basically the plot of Will Gluck’s movie, Easy A, starring Emma Stone (You know, that one Jonah Hill is in love with in Superbad?) Stone plays Olive Prendergast, a virtuous, upstanding, clean cut student from a balanced family. Given this is high school in America, none of those factors make Olive a popular girl in the ever increasing social circles. That all changes when Olive, in order to shut her up, tells her friend, Rhiannon (played by Alyson Michalka), that she has lost her virginity to this guy she met called “George.” Not only did she not lose her virginity, George doesn’t even exist.

Within a day or two, the whole school is now aware of Olive Prendergast. They all believe the rumour that Olive herself started and have begun to judge her accordingly. However, Olive sees this as an opportunity to further her reputation and make some money. She offers the school nerds, no hopers and dateless wonders a glimmer of hope and charges them fees to start a rumour that she has slept with them. Surely nothing can go wrong I hear you say? Oh, but it does.

Olive becomes more well known, but in the process incurs the wrath of the holier than thou Christian Brigade, the school guidance counsellor and loses her best friend. Stone carries the whole film, even some of the clichéd situations, with tremendous comedic timing and gives Olive a sense of worth, despite her attempts to fit in. The supporting cast are no slouches either. The standouts are Lisa Kudrow’s morally corrupt school counsellor, Amanda Bynes’ sanctimonious Marianne and Olive’s parents, Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson.

I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Not normally my cup of tea, but Stone is more than capable of handling herself with good material. Her comedic chops are finely honed from parts in Superbad and Zombieland. She makes Olive sympathetic, clever without being annoying and ultimately likeable. A highly recommended comedy.

 

3 /5

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Written by thepanch

April 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Posted in Film Reviews

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