Sometimes I am fairly surprised when an original movie comes into theaters. Most movies are either now based on books or remakes, or just take something that’s already been done and slap a new title on it. But this year, movies like Inception and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World are the only ones I’ve seen that really cared to do anything new. So when I saw previews for Easy A, I thought its premise was really original, and could be a surprisingly funny movie. And thankfully, I was right.
I found Easy A a little hard to get into at first. It was definitely funny, but continuously exaggerated all of its characters’ personalities (The main character’s parents, in particular, are funny but ridiculously unrealistic in how they treat their kids). However, soon the movie starting piling on the laughs further and introduced quite a bit of heart into its premise.
For those who don’t know, Easy A is about a girl named Olive who starts soliciting fake sex for gift cards (she doesn’t have sex with anybody, but instead lets boys pretend that they did to improve their reputation). This obviously gets her into lots of interesting and hilarious trouble, but don’t confuse the movie’s premise as sleazy. It has a really good heart and plenty of laughs. Although I wouldn’t consider it a constant laugh out loud riot, there’s more than enough clever chuckles and laughs in it to put anybody in a good mood.
I will say that though I enjoyed this movie, it absolutely does not live up to the standards of Mean Girls or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (but what could, really?). Still, it’s definitely worthwhile on its own kind of in the same way John Tucker Must Die was. Not a genre standard, but definitely good enough to warrant the price of a movie ticket nowadays.