Today is ‘Film Friday‘! I’ve been sick all week, so this post sort of worked at cheering me up. Which is nice. I know I could’ve actually watched the movie, but I’ve been marathoning ‘Parks and Recreation‘, which is pretty great at cheering me up also.
Anywho, there be spoilers ahead!
Easy A (2010). This movie follows Olive Penderghast as she livestreams a webcast in order to set the story straight on her suddenly ‘sinful’ reputation. It’s set in modern day California, in a high school with an incredibly fast rumour mill.
It stars Emma Stone as Olive Penderghast, Penn Badgerley as Woodchuck Todd, Amanda Bynes as Marianne, Aly Michalka as Rhiannon, Lisa Kudrow as Mrs. Griffith, Thomas Haden Church as Mr. Griffith, Patricia Clark as Rosemary Penderghast, Stanley Tucci as Dill Penderghast, and Cam Gigandet as Micah.
Olive tells her best friend, Rhiannon, that she lost her virginity over the weekend, in order to explain why she hadn’t gone camping with her, and her weirdo parents. However, this little white lie suddenly gets around the school, and everybody starts believing she’s a slut. Everything escalates from there, with boys enlisting her help to improve their own reputations, and the school’s Christian group trying to get her expelled.
This movie is one of my favourite comedies ever! It’s so clever and absolutely hilarious; largely in part to the script and Emma Stone’s performance. The way that it mirrors Nathaniel Hawthorne‘s “The Scarlet Letter“, which is shown to be studied by the students, is quite cool, because it shows that the story is still relevant. And that there are still lessons to be learned from it.
Olive is the sort of character I wish I could be like; looking at her strength of character, her wit, and her ability to take things in stride. While the story and Olive may not seem on the surface inspiring, if you look past the initial idea of the movie, she is a great role model. She helps out people when they need it (eg. Brandon), has a strong relationship with her family, and stands up for what she believes in. If those aren’t qualities to be admired, then I don’t know what are.
Also, Patricia Clark and Stanley Tucci play the best film parents ever. Ever. Seriously, Rosemary and Dill are the funniest, kindest, and most loving parents. And they are always there for Olive, asking her is she needs support, but also letting her figure things out for herself.
Brandon: Is there an Olive here?
Rosemary: There’s a whole jar of them in the fridge!
Olive: [to Brandon as she takes off her panties] Relax. Jesus. What is with you gays? Are you really that repulsed by lady parts? What do you think I have down there? A gnome?
Marianne: There’s a higher power that will judge you for your indecency.
Olive: Tom Cruise?
Rosemary: Not to mention how you have been dressing these past few days. No judgment, but you kind of look like a stripper.
Dill: [to Olive] A high-end stripper, for governors or athletes.
Woodchuck Todd: Screw all these people, Olive!
Olive: Haven’t you heard? I already have.
Olive: Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80’s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80’s movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life.
Next week I’ll be gushing about another comedy, which recently had a sequel come out!