Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Easy A is sticking around for another week of comedic teenage misery. Director Will Gluck and writer Bert V. Royal clearly wanted to hearken back to the 80’s teen dramadey genre ruled by the much loved and missed John Hughes, referencing the master and his films frequently throughout the film.

Following Emma Stone’s character as she attempts to cash in on pretending to have sex with her high school’s outcasts, Easy A isĀ  clever, funny, and sweet for audiences of all ages. After all, we all experienced high school, and not much has changed. Emma Stone (who we last saw in last summer’s touching family horror flick Zombieland) is perfect as the anonymous Olive, whose non-existent sexual exploits become the focus of the film. The supporting cast includes the always awesome Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson (who will pop up in the screening room in Cairo Time before the year is out) as Olive’s flaky parents and Amanda Bynes as the bible thumping thorn in Olive’s side.

For the most part, Easy A is breezy fun, but it does stray to the serious side on a few occasions and does so deftly enough. Look for Penn Badgley on a tractor for the film’s sweet spot, and enjoy a trip back to high school that does not involve actually meeting up with any of your old high school pals.