It has begun. I wake up at 6:30 am to make it to work on time. It is early but since I started working in the summer it wasn’t too bad. The new day always greeted me with the sun streaming through my windows energizing me for what lay ahead.
Today I awoke in the dark. Sad face.
It wasn’t a drastic change, very gradual, but it was a shock to my system for some reason. I guess cuz today was the first day that the moon still hung in the sky when I opened my eyes. It made it so hard to get up. Why the hell was I waking up when it was still night anyways? It is pure balls.
And so begins the decent into winter. The cold air, gray skies, and short days. I am resisting this in my own small way. Even though I am wearing a sweater, long pants and a jacket, I refuse to wear proper shoes. I am wearing sandals. My toes are hanging out and loving every minute of it. I am probably not going to make the switch until it drops below 0 or it snows. Whichever comes first. I hope my toes make it. Anyways, that has nothing to do with the review this morning, I just wanted to let you know.
On Friday I made it out to the movies (in my sweater and sandals) to go see Easy A. I was late to get to it but I had heard good things and I wanted to see it anyways. Plus there really wasn’t anything else I wanted to see. There was the 3D owl movie with the crazy long title that looked incredibly unappealing and I wasn’t about to take a chance with 3D prices. Then there was the Wall Street sequel that I have some but little interest in. I have to admit I never saw the first one.
Easy A is about Olive (Emma Stone). She is a high school student who just blends into the crowd. After accidentally pretending to lose her virginity over a fun filled weekend with a pretend college freshman things start to change for her. She is over heard by the Marianne (Amanda Bynes), the pushy, over zealous student head of the Christian community. The information spreads around the school like wildfire. Her friend Brandon (Dan Byrd) uses this to his advantage. He talks her into pretending to to do it with him at the popular girls house so that he would no longer get beaten up at school for being gay. Even though at first she lavishes in the new for attention that she receives she is labeled as a skank and other more PC terms that are showcased in the movie poster. Her life begins to parallel that of Hester in “The Scarlet Letter”, the book they just happen to be studying in class, and her world begins to fall apart.
I liked this movie a great deal but I don’t know if it was from the over hype that I was still a little disappointed in it. People kept going on about how good it was, I heard snippets of reviews, and everywhere I looked there was something being said about Emma Stone.
The movie is well written. There are great references, witty banter, and it is funny. But it is not as tight and sly like many other teen comedies in the past. A lot of it is so blatant and obvious. It is no where near as bad as the teen comedies that have come out in recent times but it is definately not as well written as its closest comparison Mean Girls. BTW even though a lot of reviewers are calling this the new Mean Girls it is far from the truth. It is nothing like Mean Girls it is just the only well written teen comedy where most of the main charaters are female.
Besides the continuous comparisons to “The Scarlet Letter” there are numerous references to all the classic John Hughes movies all the ones that we charished in our youth; Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Say Anything and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The references are blatant (they show clips, talk about the movies, and imitate scenes from the movies) but the movie makes fun of itself for doing so. It is not over done or done badly. The interjection of these references aren’t abrupt or jarring, they work within the context of the movie.
Even though the writing isn’t the greatest the actors do really well with what they are given. I think their abilities are the only reason why this movie doesn’t fail. Emma Stone, Dan Byrd, Amanda Bynes, and Alyson Michalka have great comedic timing. And they are balanced off with seasoned comic actors that included Lisa Kudrow, Thomas Hayden Church, Stanley Tucci, and Patricia Clarkson. There were also fun cameos by Malcolm McDowell and Fred Armisen.
Easy A is a good movie people are just making it more than it is because there hasn’t been anything put out above mediocre in this genre in a long time. It is worth checking out because the people who made this need encouragement to continue doing a good job, they should be rewarded for actually trying or we will get stuck watching complete crap again.