HUB Titles: Easy A
I want to welcome you, the Onward State-reading cats and kittens, to another wonderful semester of HUB Titles starring your favorite OS writer. For those out of the loop, I write about my experiences with the movies playing at the HUB every week. Check out SPA’s Web site for more details and show times. With that out of the way, it is time for me to do what I do best: force my opinions on others.
This week we have a movie about people not having sex. Actually, that isn’t entirely true. Hollywood would never allow such a foolish thing to make it onto film. And we as a movie-going public would walk out on that movie in droves. “Easy A” is all about sex, but then again it isn’t. It is a teen comedy that actually is worthy of your time. And almost as full of innuendo as this review.
The Premise: Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) has had a long, hard time at high school. Things are always rough and fairly unsatisfying. She accidentally spreads it around that she likes to spread it around. Before you know it, all the undesirable high school student stereotype characters go to Olive to ease their stresses. She pretends to stick lever A into socket B and the man becomes popular with his peers who grant the traditional fist bump and back slap. Eventually, things go all wrong and it is a big mess.
The Performance (if you know what I mean): Emma Stone is a great lead and makes “Easy A” a lot better than it would have been otherwise. This doesn’t translate to huge laughs all the time but it is easy to sympathize with her character. After a rocky start, she really fit snuggly into this role. However, things start to get complicated when you make things into a group activity. Amanda Bynes, from ‘90s Nickelodeon fame, plays the enemy and a lover of Jesus. I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about that but the film plays it for laughs. Regardless, she plays the mean girl well but I don’t find her as diabolical as the movie wants me to. I guess my lack of experience at being teenage girl is to blame. Finally, Alex from “A Clockwork Orange” is the principal, Sandman from “Spider-Man” is the English teacher, and Phoebe from “Friends” is the guidance councilor. It is too awesome not to be believable.
Extra Dirty Thoughts: I don’t believe any of these people are high school students. You’ll know what I mean when you see the movie. The crew of Superbad told me all the dirty, awesome things I knew young people these days like to engage in. It worked because they looked the part. What we have here is adults talking about sex while pretending to be 18 and younger. It is very awkward and hurts the movie at times. Still, the whole thing will get you to laugh and you’ll walk away having enjoyed the experience. If you know what I mean. I mean double entendres.
Final Verdict: Your First Time. It’s better than it sounds but ultimately can’t live up to what has been done elsewhere. It gets weird at times and is full of laughs. Despite all of that, you’ll enjoy yourself and it will all be worth it.