We Saw “Easy A” Tonight

Foolishly as we sat in the theater waiting for the feature to start I checked Facebook and found a message about the movie from my sister. “I was disappointed.”

Every sign was pointing to this being a couch day. Not good. Saturday should be date night!

I went scrambling to figure out where to go. Helaine and I ended up in North Haven for a movie I don’t remember seeing a trailer or ad for! I did read an extremely positive review from Roger Ebert.

Good enough for me.

As we sat in the theater waiting for the feature to start I foolishly checked Facebook on my iPhone and found a message about the movie from my sister.

I was disappointed.

Uh oh. The coming attractions hadn’t started to play yet and we were already doomed.

As it turns out my sister is wrong! Sorry Trudi.

I’ll tell you about “Easy A” in a moment. First though Stanley Tucci who was in the movie.

I want to grow up to be Stanley (even though he’s ten years my junior). I have yet to see him in a movie where I didn’t like his character or the real Stanley that always shows through. He’s charming on-screen. Charming is good.

OK, movie time.

“Easy A” is the story of a high school girl, Olive, who is never noticed until word gets out she’s sleeping around. The rumor’s not true. Even worse it’s Olive who is spreading it!

In this age of computers and texting rumors spread at the speed of light. It didn’t take long for everyone to know. Surprisingly, being a bad girl made Olive a more popular girl… at least in the short term.

Part of what made the movie so much fun was what made it unreal. It’s incredibly well written.

Everyone was witty. Everyone was clever. There was a sharply worded rapid response in every situation.

I wish life was really like that. It isn’t. OK, mine isn’t. That’s jealousy speaking.

In his review Roger Ebert says this movie makes Emma Stone a star. He’s right.

At one point I turned to Helaine to tell her how much Emma Stone reminded me of Lindsay Lohan. “Without the baggage,” she said.

Yeah, without the baggage.

She’s in virtually every scene and never wears out her welcome. Having Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as her warm and cleverly ditzy parents doesn’t hurt either.

Good movie. Glad we went.

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