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Movie Review: Easy A February 17, 2011

Posted by shwaldman in Society.
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Netflix Synopsis: High school is the setting for this freewheeling comedic twist on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 19th-century novel The Scarlet Letter. Ambitious student Olive (Emma Stone) decides to boost her popularity by pretending to be the school slut. As the school’s swirling rumor mill increases both her notoriety and her finances, Olive enjoys her newfound status but eventually must decide which is more important: popularity or self-esteem.

This movie is a mash-up of (or cross between) the aforementioned “Scarlet Letter”, “Mean Girls” (or “Heathers”) and “Can’t Buy Me Love” (with Patrick Dempsey) brought into the age of YouTube. Those were all kind of iconic movies in their own right, but this movie falls kind of short. I wish this production took more of lead from a recent, popular (yet cancelled) TV show called “My Generation.” Instead of the realistic modern first person view of the YouTube concept it tries to pull in, this movie looks like the wider angle view of the Mean Girls and Can’t Buy Me Love. Instead of making the characters feel like the driving force, the movie relies on the scenery, set design and general atmosphere of the movie to tell the story.

The movie itself was entertaining enough and provided for a few laughs, but just did not live up to what it could have. If you like high school parity movies like “Mean Girls” you will probably like this one. For me, it was just okay.

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