Easy A, a love letter to John Hughes
A couple of years after the simply wonderful Juno comes another teen comedy with a brain in its head. Easy A sees a high-school girl, Olive, tell a seemingly innocent white lie about losing her virginity, which snowballs to the extent that her life begins to parallel Hester Prynne’s in The Scarlet Letter. Olive, played by Emma Stone, decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing until, inevitably, things begin to spiral out of control.
A loving homage to the John Hughes teen movies of the 1980’s, Easy A is well-observed, nicely placed and, crucially, very funny. The dialogue, similarly to Juno, is snappy and sharp as hell, and just like you did with Ellen Page, you’ll find yourself totally engaged and charmed by Stone. In fact, the redheaded young actress is by far and away the best thing about Easy A. For someone that we have only really seen in the supporting roles in Zombieland and Superbad, she absolutely owns the screen from start to finish. Funny, sassy and intelligent while all the time purveying the kind of vulnerability that most teenagers feel, Stone’s performance suggests we’ll be hearing a lot more from her in the future.
Easy A might be a love-letter to the likes of Sixteen Candles, Say Anything and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off rather than being an equal to them, but it may well stand the test of time and isn’t too far away from those era-defining, female-led teen flicks like Mean Girls, Clueless and Juno.