After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne’s in “The Scarlet Letter,” which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.
‘Easy A’ is director Will Gluck’s follow up film to 2009’s ‘Fired Up’. As you’d expect it’s a light hearted film following the escapades of a teen girl who experiments with the workings of her high school’s rumour mill until things start to get out of hand.
‘Easy A’ is headlined by Emma Stone who has a growing number of films on her resume including ‘Superbad’, ‘The House Bunny’, and ‘Zombieland’. Stone gives an entertaining and funny performance in ‘Easy A’, carrying the material in a fun manner delivering a good blend of facial expressions, comedic timing and witty dialogue.
Stone is supported by a cast who all match her comedic performance with a slightly different angle, and it comes together with a good script that moves things along without allowing any moments to drag their heels.
The script itself has amusing dialogue and witty insults, as well as some very funny situations spread throughout the film. Overall ‘Easy A’ doesn’t escape a common formula for a light teen comedy such as this however it does manage to deviate slightly at times which keeps things fresh and fun.
Also welcoming is the relaxed approach about delivering a moral undertone which can often come across heavy handed in some films, ‘Easy A’ manages to avoid being too centred around a moralistic message, instead opting to allow one to hover underneath the entertaining nature of the film.
Without taking itself too seriously and getting overly caught up in the dramatic moments that often creep into some films of this genre, ‘Easy A’ keeps the running time long enough to tell its story but short enough so that it doesn’t over stay its welcome.
Very much in the spirit of previous films such as ‘Clueless’ and ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Easy A’ is easy to recommend for anyone looking for a light hearted but witty and funny teen girl comedy.
I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars and it’s released Australia wide on Thursday 16th September.