Thursday, October 21, 2010

Easy A: That's A for Awesome

"Easy A" isn't the first flick that proves smart and teen movies isn't an oxymoron. We had "Clueless," in 1995, which was based on Jane Austen's novel "Emma." Then in 1999, there was "Election," which had a brain and a funny bone. Now, we're at Ojai High, where Olive Penderghast is a very smart gal, who makes a very dumb decision. No, the Movie Slut won't give it away, but suffice it to say her English class is studying Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic, which also has an "A" in its title.
How can you not love a movie that references Hawthorne and Mark Twain, while harkening back with clips to various teen movies of the 1980s. In fact, there's so much that's intelligent about this movie that it could be scarier to some teens than the "Twilight" flicks.
Emma Stone as Olive, the high school outcast, is perfection, as is the rest of the cast that includes such heavy hitters as Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church and Lisa Kudrow.

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