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December 21, 2010

DVD of the Week – Easy A (2010)

by NIR SHALEV

Emma Stone plays Olive, a high school student who helps a gay friend of hers to lose his reputation of being a homosexual by pretending to have sex with him at a weekend party. With the quick use of handheld technology, rumor spreads across the entire school that Olive is a slut. So, borrowing from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, Olive decides to wear a red “A” on every article of clothing that she owns.

In turn, while her reputation is further stained day after day, her popularity grows as quickly as her infamy until soon enough, every guy in the school wants her to pretend to have made out with them. They buy her presents and provide her with gift cards and in turn, they all simply pretend that “something” happened.

She makes a man out of every guy in the school, nerds and jocks included.

Olive’s parents, played by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci provide the most entertaining comic relief in the film, but every supporting actor is hilarious. Thomas Haden Church plays Olive’s English teacher and Lisa Kudrow plays Haden Church’s wife who is also the school shrink.

Emma Stone’s star is quickly rising in Hollywood and this film is a terrific springboard for her popularity and career because her comic timing is excellent, she has very large and expressive eyes, and it doesn’t hurt that she’s very attractive.

Easy A is a very fun and intelligent film that never ceases to find hidden funny bones and is also very reminiscent of a John Hughes film. Highly recommended.

I watched the Blu-ray edition of the film. Its bonus content includes a Commentary by Emma Stone and director Will Gluck, a gag reel, Emma Stone’s Audition Footage, and a Pop Up Trivia Track. Short features are The School of Pop Culture: Movies of the 80s, Vocabulary of Hilarity, and the Making of Easy A.

Other new releases this week: Devil, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole, Salt, Step Up 3D, The Town, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps


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