December 26, 2010

#112: Easy A (6/10)

Easy A got a lot of praise when it came out this September. We almost made the rare trip to the theater, but it didn't work out. I had it at the top of my Netflix queue so we could see it as soon as it was released on bluray. We got it in the mail a few days ago and watched it right away.  I will add to the praise.  This is a well-done high school comedy. It's definitely worth watching. It gets a 6 out of 10.

High school comedies are a crap-shoot.  Easy A is one of the better ones, but it is not without its problems. There are a lot of funny jokes, but there are also a lot of lame ones.  I laughed quite a bit, but I cringed almost as much.  I would have given this a higher score, but there were too many moments that were just... stupid.  Don't let that stop you from watching it. It has more good than bad.  I can't recall any one specific dumb moment, but there were some pop culture references in there that felt forced.  There were also times when it tried to be a little too clever, and it fell flat.

This film stars Emma Stone. You might know her from a small role in Superbad, and more recently The House Bunny and Zombieland. I think she is fine actress. However, if you don't like her then you will most likely hate Easy A. It is her show and she is on screen the entire time.

Easy A toes the line between being an actual high-school comedy, and being a satire of one. It worked well.  They had some good references to the 80's teen movies. The plot of Easy A was almost as cliche as all the other films that came before it, but it was self aware and didn't take itself to seriously.  There were times that felt like the characters knew they were in a bad high-school movie, and it got a little awkward.  Specifically, the scenes with the parents felt a little off.  Those sequences were funny for the most part, but they were also pretty weird.

Overall Easy A was a fun flick that definitely deserves a rental. It might not be perfect, but it should make you laugh, which is what a comedy is supposed to do.  It also has some interesting camera work that shows how rumors get spread around school. It is a well-made film that was enjoyable to watch.  I don't know, maybe it deserves a 7, at least a 6.5 out of 10.

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