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Tomato Monster Review: Easy A

Rotten Tomatoes Grade: 85%
RT Top Critics Grade: 94%
Metacritic: 72
Tomato Monster Grade: C+
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The Tomato Monster

‘Easy A’ is Emma Stone’s coming out party.  While she has been noticed up until this point, this might be the first time that she should be taken seriously for her work as an actress.  Also, ‘Easy A’ can’t be thrown into the bucket as just another teen comedy.  One of the reasons for this is the fact that ‘Easy A’ carries it’s message as it’s banner, and not the raunch that has come to define the genre.  In fact, ‘Easy A’ in many ways, reveals the shallowness of raunchy teen culture.

‘Easy A’ is a modern day telling of the high school reading list classic ‘The Scarlet Letter.’  Just to show how twisted culture has become, ‘Stone’ attempts to earn her ‘Scarlet A’, and even wears seemingly as a badge of honor.

In the end, ‘Easy A’ lacked backbone.  While it seemed to attempt to stand for something, in the end it fell flat because it stood for nothing.  ‘Tolerance’ would be the theme of the movie summed up in one word.  Whether I were to agree with the message of the movie or not, the movie didn’t compel me to do so, because Stone’s character seemed unsatisfied as she attempted to relish in it.

The roles of Thomas Hayden Church, Lisa Kudrow, and Stanley Tucci’s roles were barely memorable, leaving you wishing for more.

A majority of the story is told via first person, through the narration of Stone, which was a risk that proved to be worth taking.  This unique form of storytelling made ‘Easy A’ standout in the crowd.

While I believe that Stone deserves credit for carrying the load, and appreciate that ‘Easy A’ took substantial risk within it’s genre, I wasn’t emotionally moved or inspired by the film.  Something was missing.
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Messages/Themes

    • Social Insecurity
    • The Sexual Double-Standard
    • The Devaluation of one’s Image for Acceptance
    • The Dangers and Powers of Gossip
    • Be yourself

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Directed by: Will Gluck’s directing in ‘Easy A’ was a breakthrough performance. Gluck previously directed ‘Fired Up!’, which was a teen comedy flop critically (22% on Rotten Tomatoes), and in the Box Office ($18.6/$20). His only other work as a director is the newly released ‘Friends With Benefits’, starring Justin Timberlake & Mila Kunis (68% on Rotten Tomatoes).

Written by: Bert V. Royal did an impressive job in his writing debut in ‘Easy A’. Much of the critical praise for the film was directed specifically at the screenplay.
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Budget: $8 million
Box Office: $74.9 million
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Trivia

    • Emma Stone dropped out of Sucker Punch to do this movie.
    • In the original script, the “F”-word was used 41 times, the “S” word was used 13 times and the “C” word was used 3 times. The uses of these words were later cut down in the final script so as to receive a lower rating of PG-13 (the movie’s target audience) as opposed to a rating of R.
    • All the webcam and narration scenes were shot in one day. Emma Stone had a 14-hour day of simply staring at a camera doing every single webcam and narration for the entire movie and every so often she would have to walk around outside to stretch her muscles from sitting so long.
    • Emma Stone’s audition was her opening webcam scene.
    • Bert V. Royal wrote the screenplay, except for the last ten pages, in five days.
(Trivia Via IMDB)
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