Whereas the top critics on website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film Juno, the subject of yesterday’s post, a rare 100% rating, Easy A (2010) fared almost as well, with a 94%.
In Easy A Emma Stone plays teenager Olive, and Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson her parents, Dill and Rosemary “…who join Juno’s parents in the Pantheon of Parental Admirability.” (Yes, it’s another Roger Ebert quote!) (You wanna make something of it?)
Sony Pictures describes Olive’s parents as “hilariously idiosyncratic,” while this is what they say about the plot: “After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne’s in ‘The Scarlet Letter,’ which she is currently studying in school — until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.”
Like Juno for Ellen Page, Easy A seemed to launch the film career of its young lead. Tom Long, Detroit News, calls Easy A “an extremely witty, inventive, sweet and perceptive coming-out party for Emma Stone.” The movie’s trailer:
A cute scene between Olive, her little brother, and her parents that gives a good idea of how nicely they interact and mesh:
Fear not. Olive does find her way in the end—and in a way that can do her and her family proud. Andrew O’Hehir, Salon: “This is a breezily rebellious film that challenges all our oh-so-serious nostrums about teenagers and sex and family life, a bittersweet song of innocence and experience that’s often very funny and hardly ever cruel.”
Like Juno, a teen-oriented film even adults can appreciate.