The Review at a Glance: ( max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Sony Pictures - 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 92 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English, French, Portuguese DTS-HD MA 5.1, Spanish , English Audio Description track Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Starring: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow, Amanda Bynes
Directed by: Will Gluck
Music by: Wende Crowley (Music Supervisor)
Written by: Bert V. Royal
Region Code: A/B/C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 21, 2010
"Lets Not and Say We Did."
In this charming, critically acclaimed tale of rumors and reputation, Olive, an average high school student, sees her below-the-radar existence turn around overnight once she decides to use the school's gossip grapevine to advance her social standing. Now her classmates are turning against her and the school board is becoming concerned, including her favorite teacher and the distracted Guidance Counselor. With the support of her hilariously idiosyncratic parents and a little help from a long time crush, Olive attempts to take on her notorious new identity and crush the rumor mill once and for all.
It's refreshing to see a smart, fun and well written take on the teen coming of age comedy. 'Easy A' is the story of Olive, played to the tee by Emma Stone (Superbad, Zombieland). Olive is overheard telling a white lie to her best friend about losing her virginity with a (of course) college guy. The schools head bible wielding, daughter of a preacher, Marianne (Amanda Bynes) hears the story and starts a wild fire of rumor about poor Olive. Instead of denying the rumors, she embraces them. Once word gets around, the whole school thinks Olive is a 'floozie". Instead of freaking out, she is strangely comfortable with the new found power she is feeling, as well as the attention, even though it is negative. When Olive is approached by Brandon (Dan Byrd), begging her to pretend she slept with him because the pressures of being gay are too much, she decides to go for it and help him out. The scene where they 'do it' at a party is hysterical. They are jumping up and down on the bed, banging on the wall and screaming some utterly hilarious lines like, "Do you smell that!". Needless to say, word gets out to other unhappy guys needing a bit of a social-status boost, and they begin covertly propositioning her to 'pretend' sleep with them as well.
Besides the overt reference to 'The Scarlet Letter', which is talked about in the film and she even wears the 'A' when things are getting heavy, 'Easy A' is deeper than it appears on the surface. It's a real look at the pressures of high school, and those of us who didn't skate through with ease can easily relate. What made me connect and what makes this rise about the heap of other teen-comedies is that it treats the teens in a realistic manor and portrays the adults pretty normal as well. And lets not forget, it got pretty darn hysterical at times. The supporting cast was superb, starting with Olives family--Dill, Rosemary and Chip (get it). Dill and Rosemary are played by Stanley Tucci ('The Lovely Bones') and Patricia Clarkson ('Shutter Island'). They have perfect chemistry together as her lighthearted yet insightful parents. Thomas Haden Church ('Sideways') has some great scenes as Olives favorite teacher and Malcolm McDowell ('A Clockwork Orange') is classic as the school principal.
'Easy A' is an intelligently funny film that harkens back to the heyday of the John Hughes classic teen comedies. It rides the line of crass in a way that keeps it fresh and real, making it the more hysterical. Emma Stone's first starring role is a success as she carries the film, being in almost every frame. This is a cross-over adults and teens can easily have a blast with.
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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'Easy A's' was filmed in HD yet had a filmic quality to its look. Colors are vibrant and pop off the screen, but flesh-tones have a golden tone throughout. Rendering of fine details are what you should expect from a HD movie released in 2010, dazzlingly showing off details in fabrics, facial features and even backgrounds. Black levels were strong, but not as inky as I would have liked to have seen. The DTS-HD MA track was better than anticipated from a non-action comedy. The sound-stage was wide and dynamic, utilizing the rear channels more than anticipated. The pop song soundtrack rocked my room and low end dug deep when called upon. 'Easy A' is another fine transfer from Sony Home Entertainment.
- Commentary with Director Will Gluck and Emma Stone
- (HD) The School of Pop Culture: Movies of the Eighties
- (HD) Vocabulary of Hilarity
- (HD) The Making of Easy A
- (HD) Emma Stone's Audition Footage
- (HD) Gag Reel
- (HD) Pop-Up Trivia track
- (HD) Trailers: The Social Network, Burlesque, Beastly, Nowhere Boy, Salt, How Do You Know, The Other Guys, Tamara Drewe, Eat Pray love
Witty humor combined with some dark social commentary make 'Easy A' a way above average teen-comedy that can appeal to us old fogies as well. It's a clever take, modernizing the themes from Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter'. Sony delivers their usual top-notch audio and video, combined with a funny and insightful commentary track and some enjoyable extras. 'Easy A' is an easy recommendation that I look forward to watching again.
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