Easy A (2010)

“Easy A” is one of those movies that washed over me the first time I saw it, like I wasn’t watching a movie but experiencing it instead. It spoke to me in many different ways, beginning with Emma Stone’s winning leading performance as Olive, a hyper-verbose teenager finding herself in a “Scarlet Letter”-inspired narrative transplanted to high school. Stone is pitch perfect here: She’s commands the screen with superstar charisma and a relaxed energy that has a transfixing effect on the viewer. She’s got wonderful support from dream-team duo Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as her warm, hilarious parents, though really, the entire all-star cast is absolutely terrific. Bert V. Royal’s screenplay is sharply incisive and filled with genuinely hilarious one-liners, and not unlike 1986’s “Lucas,” he treats his teen characters like they’re fully-rounded individuals instead of the one-dimensional types that often mar teen movies. It’s great to see that the movie has recovered from its underwhelming theatrical reception and morphed into a beloved cult classic, and I hope future generations watch this one over and over, like “The Breakfast Club” or “10 Things I Hate About You.”

Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)

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