Easy A

Let’s not and say we did.

I’ve been hearing good things about this movie for some time, which has recently meant I haven’t enjoyed the movie as much as I would have without the praise. (ex: Tangled, Toy Story 3)  So I was thrilled that I fell in love with Easy A.

The first thing I’ll say about it is that it’s corny.  No way around it.  Olive is pretending to have sex with dozens of guys and sometimes it requires some kind of public display.  Also, her family is amazingly disturbed.  I loved them.  I loved Olive.

There’s something about Olive that you can totally relate to.  She’s destroying her own reputation to help bullied guys raise theirs.  There’s something almost selfless about that, but not quite.  And then she has to live with the consequences, no matter how harsh they are.  And how completely undeserved.

This movie boasts such an amazing cast and most of them only have small parts.  Amanda Bynes, Cam Gigandet, Penn Badgley, Thomas Haden Church, Aly Michalka, and Lisa Kudrow just to name some of the biggest.  Almost every new character that came on, I’m going, “Now where do I know him from?”  Like Thomas Haden Church.  I recognized him immediately as someone who played a bad guy in another movie, but I couldn’t place it.  He played Lyle in George of the Jungle.  So that’s pretty awesome.

It’s totally snarky, too.  Almost everything that comes out of Olive’s mouth is sarcastic.  Like the line from the trailer that Amanda Bynes says, “There’s a higher power that will judge you for your indecency.”  Olive looks at her and says, “Tom Cruise?” in this deadpanned, sarcastic voice.  I loved it.  I can’t tell you how many times I burst out laughing when I least expected it.