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Easy A

Easy A (2010) – Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language, and some drug material.

In Hollywood it is always out with the old and in with the new, and people are no exception.  Doris Day was “America’s sweetheart” in the sixties, Meg Ryan in the eighties, Julia Roberts in the nineties, Reese Witherspoon in the noughties, and now it seems as though Sandra Bullock will take the crown for the next decade.  The same goes for the men of Hollywood, too.  The original “King of Cool” was, of course, James Dean in the fifties, followed by the ultimate king of cool, Steve McQueen in the sixties.  Their descendants  are John Travolta in the seventies, the Brat Pack men in the eighties, Brad Pitt in the nineties, George Clooney in the noughties, and Johnny Depp for the next decade.  Of course, these are just random generalizations but my point is that someone is always the new someone else in this town. 

It goes without saying that the original teen film queen was Molly Ringwald in the eighties.  Under John Hughes’ direction, Ringwald embodied a generation’s angst in films like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty In Pink.  And it seemed that at one point Lindsay Lohan was poised to take the crown as the new redheaded teen film queen with roles in The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, and Mean Girls.  That is until her little meltdown, but I’m hoping she can pull herself together and get back in the acting game and out of the tabloids.  Since Lohan hit a speed bump, it appears that Emma Stone is ready to take the crown of redheaded teen film queen with her starring role in Easy A.  She’s hilarious, charming, and fearless in her role as the would-be school trollop Olive Penderghast.

In his first feature film screenplay, Bert V. Royal has really shown some promise.  His dialogue is witty.  His characters are likeable.  And he really knows how to make you laugh and then tug at your heartstrings.  Without his wonderful script, Emma Stone would not have been able to show her true talent.  Clearly this gal is made for comedy and she was born for this role.   Although she had memorable roles in Superbad, House Bunny, and Zombieland, it is Easy A that will surely rocket Ms. Stone into true stardom.  It’s amusing how she fully embraces her totally false reputation as a teenage harlot and then can show us her vulnerability when she realizes she doesn’t want this attention after all.  Her timing makes her a true comedienne and I believe we’ll be seeing more of her.  It should be obvious by now that this film has earned an “A” from me.  Filmtastic review = 4 1/2 stars.

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