John Hughes, most famous for his work in the 1980s and early 1990s, created some of the most iconographic movie moments for a generation.
Despite his passing last August, I can assume that Hughes would be humbled by the new film Easy A, which not only serves as a delectable teen comedy but also as a warm tribute to the very films he made an entire generation ago.
Easy A, the sophomore effort by director Will Gluck, looks to the iconography that John Hughes created and builds a film that emits so much panache that it’s near impossible not to crave more movie by the time the film comes to a close.
Gluck succeeds by creating a framework that is tight, precise, and very free-spirited which helps make the film overcome the clichés and stereotypes that unfortunately restrained his previous effort, Fired Up.
The film itself is a loose adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, which is actually surprising considering that the film is so light hearted in nature – even at its most crude; it will leave you wondering how the film and the novel are even related. In this case, however, it works in favor for the film because it comes off as a fresh take on what could have easily been a cookie cutter movie for tweens.
The film’s protagonist, Olive Penderghast (played sweetly by the irresistible Emma Stone), serves as the parallel to Hester Pryne, and Stone does a wonderful job of making you like her from the very first moment on screen – even when her tongue is at its sharpest.
As Olive’s story continues, you are given a wide array of characters played by an even more impressive cast that boasts talent like Stanley Tucci, Amanda Bynes, Lisa Kudrow, and Patricia Clarkson.
Yes, even the boy from Gossip Girl is there.
The cast is so good in fact that it’s hard to decipher as to who the real star of the film is because everyone is a scene stealer in their own right.
I could literally go on and on about how much fun this film was, especially after how bad this past summer was in regards to delivering a cinematic experience. Therefore, all you really need to know is this movie is a grade A matinee. Easy.