Off the previews alone, I knew this film would be one of the best teen comedies of the year and I was not wrong. Emma Stone, finally in a lead, shines in this role as Olive an intelligent and overall good kid just trying to get through high school. The movie starts off with her in front of her webcam discussing her problem of how one white lie changed her life. The film then does a flashback to where the trouble begins when her best friend Rhiannon (Aly Mischalka) asks her to come along on a family camping trip. Olive fibs an excuse saying she has a date. Later Rhiannon pressures Olive for details and the conversation somehow turns into Olive lying about losing her virginity to the guy, who at this point is imaginary.
Unfortunately, Marianne (Amanda Bynes) overhears this information and starts spreading the word all around school. Rumors start spiraling out of control until Olive decides to use the gossip to her own advantage. She begins charging guys a la gift cards in return for admitting to some sexual escapade with the guy to help out their social status. Olive goes from being a good girl to the town slut and is compared to Hester Prynne from “The Scarlet Letter”, which her class happens to be studying. Her best friend ditches her out of jealousy and all the guys she did favors for won’t fess up to the truth. She is left with her supportive parents and Woodchuck Todd (Penn Badgley), who she’s had a crush on since they were kids.
I was pleasantly surprised with Penn Badgley, who you actually come to like aside from his Gossip Girl ties. I am a fan of Amanda Bynes, but I felt that this role was beneath her. She has a lot of star power and this role is best left to a newcomer who needs some experience. After Cam Gigandet got his big break in Twilight, he has been popping up all over the place. His role in Easy A is small, but amusing. The always magnificent, Stanley Tucci—well, he can never do wrong. His pairing with Patricia Clarkson as Olive’s parents was perfect. These two pull off the best kooky parents ever award. Stone delivers the humor and sarcasm like a natural and shows vulnerability like a pro.
It’s been a long time since I’ve watched a movie where it was a rare moment when I wasn’t laughing. Easy A is an enthusiastic teen flick that provides the laughs and will be a certain addition to the collection of fans of this genre.