Easy A (UK - DVD R2)
After watching this, Marcus sews a red A on his top. Let the fake whoring begin...
Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) tells us her story. Her story about how she turns from everyday school girl to school slut—except she isn’t really. Her best friend Brandon (Dan Byrd (who’s gay and can’t deal with that in high school)) asks Olive to pretend to sleep with him to up his school status. Olive accepts the offer and suddenly her own school reputation changes. Owning the new 'slut' status Olive take a book she’s reading in her English class—‘The Scarlett Letter’—as her inspiration and beings wearing a red ‘A’ on all her clothes, but when she starts offering her pretend sex service to a wider audience, Olive begins to lose control of her own pretend persona.
Honestly my review for Easy A was going to be four paragraphs' worth of the statement ‘I love Emma Stone’ but I figured I’d better back up that statement. Easy A has been considered by many as the breakthrough role for Miss Stone and it’s a fair assessment as she effortlessly carries this flick and literally shines off of the screen throughout. But come on, let’s be honest, she’s been breaking out in all the supporting roles she’s done for a while now. In Superbad she stuck out in her smallish role, even with the great performances all around her. In House Bunny she played a thoroughly enjoyable straight role against Anna Farris in super wacky mode. She did the whole teen rock chick thing well in The Rocker and she was all kinds of awesome in Zombieland. Oh, and in Paper Man she slotted into indie drama like a glove. Emma Stone has been breaking through in a big bad way for quite a while now and Easy A really is just the cherry on top of her breaking through cake.
With these sorts of teen comedies being thrown at us at an ever increasing rate, Easy A is easily one of the better ones. The dialogue is fun, the set-up is an enjoyable one and it’s loaded with more than a handful of great performances. Olive's parents played by Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson are two of the coolest movie parents ever and were just fun to be around. Thomas Hayden Church’s performance as Olive’s teacher was amazing (even if it did make me question where the hell has he been), Amanda Bynes plays a great bitch, and of course Emma Stone bounces off them all fantastically well and offers up enough charm and chuckles to place Easy A in that small group of female led teen comedies that step out of the crowd and you know will stick around for years like Clueless and Mean Girls).
This is a bright, colourful and very pretty looking transfer. The image is sharp (other than the intentionally lesser web-cam scenes) and detailed, and other than the obvious impression the movie would shine even more in HD, the DVD does a bang up job.
The movie is warm and full of sunshine, the primary colours of the cast's clothes pop off the screen, and while the movie generally looks the same throughout you can’t really ask for much more from a teen comedy.
Easy A ain’t no action flick, so the Dolby Digital 5.1 track isn’t showing off much, but for the genre it’s a strong audio presentation with clear strong dialogue, very effective soundtrack presentation and a few subtly good atmospherics here and there.
There’s not much more to say beyond that; I guess Stone’s voiceovers stand out quite well in the track, but an audio attack isn’t really the primary objective for a teen drama so I’ll end this section by saying I was impressed with the audio presentation here—it added a lot to the simple comedy set up and it beefed up the feel good fun elements of the movie perfectly.
The commentary by director Will Gluck and Emma Stone is a lot of fun and Emma Stone keeps up her on screen persona in real life too, so it seems. The pair mix up the track, giving stories about the cast and the shoot, little in-jokes about the movie and a good deal of playfulness to fill the track with entertainment value.
The gag reel (05:23) has its moments of hilarity, but is a pretty run of the mill gag reel, and the only other extra on the DVD is the ‘Emma Stone Webcam Audition Footage’ (01:15), which is a fine example of why you’d cast Miss Stone in your movie.
Lastly there’s a trailer reel consisting of a Sony Blu-ray ad, Burlesque, Grown Ups, The Other Guys, The Green Hornet and The Social Network .
Easy A is a movie I can see myself watching a lot. The more I watch it, the more I love it. Emma Stone serves up another great performance and this time she carries a whole movie on her own shoulders in a seemingly effortless fashion. The DVD itself looks and sounds great within its genre, the features are thin but the commentary is good enough to make them passable and overall Easy A is just a blast.
On a personal note I can't wait to see what Stone does in the Amazing Spider-man as Gwen Stacey. Oh and I did I mention I loved Emma Stone right?
Review by Marcus Doidge
Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over
Release Date: 28th February 2011
Disc Type: Single side, dual layer
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital 5.1 Catalan, Dolby Digital 5.1 Spanish, Audio Description English
Subtitles: English HoH, English, Hindi, Spanish
Extras: Commentary, Gag Reel, Emma Stone Auftion Footage
Easter Egg: No
Director: Will Gluck
Cast: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell. Stanley Tucci
Genre: Comedy and Drama
Length: 89 minutes
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