Monday, September 3, 2012

Movie Monday: Easy A

So Nessa came over on Saturday night. And when I mentioned that I was thinking of covering this for Movie Monday, the reaction was "YES CAN WE WATCH IT NOW PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE CAN WE WATCH IT OHMIGOD PLEASE!!". What other recommendation do you need??

Reasons why Easy A is awesome:
1. Emma Stone. She's phenomenal in this.
2. The flashback scene where Olive has dinner at Rhi's house. Mmmm, patchouli burgers... O.o
3. Thomas Haden Church. I REALLY don't like him (in my brain, he's just the creepy fiance from George of the Jungle. Yeah...), but he's brilliant as the English teacher in this.
4. The scene where Olive's parents are trying to guess what she called a girl in class to get sent to the principal's office, and end up challenging her to spell it with her peas.

5. Stanley Tucci. He's pretty much my favourite thing about this movie. Pure genius.
6. The 80s movie ending. EPIC WIN.
8. "Pocketful of Sunshine". It's almost a character unto itself.
9. Lisa Kudrow. It's kind of awesome to see her in a more serious, less bonkers role than Phoebe Buffay.
10. The single day when Marianne decides Olive is her best friend and all of Emma Stone's facial expressions that go along with it.
11. Hell, Olive's entire family.
12. The headings that Olive comes up with for the different parts of her webcast. Brilliant.
13. Lobster Todd singing happy birthday to some random at his job at the Lobster House.
14. The dog. Kind of an irrelevant part of the story, but the dog is super cute.
15. The scene where Lisa Kudrow says "Shit, goddamn!" about a hundred times.
16. Olive singing "Knock on Wood".

17. The whole "No teenage has ever tried to replicate Huckleberry Finn" thing.
18. Penn Badgley. I don't really know who he is (Gossip Girl? What is Gossip Girl??), but he has some pretty spectacular lines and facial expressions in this.
19. The scene at the party where Olive and Brandon are jumping on the bed.
20. Hating on the Demi Moore version of The Scarlet Letter.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "There's a higher power that will judge you for your indecency." "Tom Cruise?"
- "I just have something in my eye. Like a twig, you know, or a branch."
- "Is there an Olive here?" "There's a whole jar of them in the fridge!"
- "Don't you think it's a little strange that your boyfriend is 22 years old and still in high school?" "Not that it's any of your busniess, trollop, but he is here by choice." "So it's his choice that he's a fourth year senior who can't pass any test he takes?" "No, silly, [points up] His. His, with a capital H. If God wanted him to graduate, then God would have given him the right answers." "[laughs] I'm sorry, but you gotta be shittin' me, woman!"
- "I don't know what your generation's fascination is with documenting your every thought... but I can assure you, they're not all diamonds. "Roman is having an OK day, and bought a Coke Zero at the gas station. Raise the roof." Who gives a rat's ass?" "He got a Coke Zero AGAIN??? Ah, that Roman. Incorrigible."
- "You're being pretty cavalier about this. Aren't you supposed to be eternally in love with him and shit?"
"Yes... I believe so, if I was the Gossip Girl in Sweet Valley of the Traveling Pants." 
- "I'm the guidance counsellor; I should know all the students, especially the ones that dress like prostitutes."
- "We've had nine classes together since Kindergarten... ten if you count Religion of Other Cultures, which you didn't because you called it science fiction and refused to go."
- "Perhaps you should embroider a red A on your wardrobe, you abominable tramp." "Perhaps you should get a wardrobe, you abominable twat."
- "Relax. Jesus. What is with you gays? Are you really that repulsed by lady parts? What do you think I have down there? A gnome?!"
- "Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80's movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80's movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life."
- "I want a one hundred dollar gift card deposited into my locker by noon tomorrow. Preferably to The Gap, but I'd also take, or Office Max. Actually make it Office Max - I have my eye on a label maker. We did not have sex. I let you fondle my chest, and it was a glorious moment for you. Unmatched by anything you have heretofore experienced... including cake."
- "Due to his "condition," Micah was sent on an extended visit to his grandparents' in Palatka, Florida. And if there's one thing worse than chlamydia, it's Florida."
- "What's your problem?" "You really want to know what my problem is?" "No, actually that was a rhetorical question. I don't want to know anything from you." "We are not friends anymore." "Ohhhh." "We are officially over!" "OH RATS!" "Hey, I want my Juicy sweat shirt back! It's way to loose around your chest anyway!" "Oooooooooh burn!"
- "Olive! There's a young man here to see you [starts speaking in a Southern accent] He said something about asking for your hand in marriage!" "[Also speaking in a Southern accent] Oh, happy day, Mama! Oh, I thought I was gonna have to spend my dowry on booze and pills to numb the loneliness. A gentleman caller, hooray!!"
- "Not to mention how have you been dressing this past few day. No judgement, but you kind of look like a stripper." "Mom!" "A high-end stripper, for governors or athletes."
- "I hope for your sake, God has a sense of humour." "Oh, I have sixteen years worth of anecdotal proof that He does."
- "We're a family of late bloomers - I didn't until I was 14 and nor did Olive." "Why does that matter? I'm adopted!" "What! Oh my god! Who told you? Guys, we were going to do this at the right time!"
- "Is everything alright? It sounds like you're having sex in here; which I know can't be true due to the fact that you have a homosexual boyfriend."
- "I was just wondering if there's a minster around? Is it not a minister? A Reverend? A Wizard??"
- "Just because you lost your virginity doesn't mean you can go around throwing your cat at everyone!!"

So. Thoughts?

K xx



    I literally DLed this an hour ago to watch tonight. Coincidence? OR MINDMELD???

  2. I love how so many times Movie Monday is what inspires my Netflix queue. I love this movie and NEED to see it again. And again. And again. On repeat like Pocket Full of Sunshine.

    1. I love that my "close my eyes and point at the shelf" approach to selecting things for Movie Monday (seriously, that's how I do it half the time) inspires your Netflix queue.

  3. I think my favorite is the bed jumping. "what's that smell?" ... "I don't think you're supposed to talk about it!!!" ... "it doesn't smell that bad, really"

    1. YES. That part has me in stitches every time I watch it.

  4. I cannot explain the passion with which I love this movie. I walked out of the theater thinking, Goddammit, THIS is the movie I wish I had written!!"

  5. I haven't seen easy A yet! But this made me want to!

    1. You definitely need to see it! It's so brilliant.

  6. I watched this and then found out I had to read The Scarlett Letter for American Classics like 2 weeks later. It didn't help me what so ever when it came time to doing an assignment for the class unlike some other books I've read (Thank you BBC Tele-movies) but I actually liked the movie. I like Emma Stone, I think she's cute, witty and funny...can't help but think she seems so nice.

    1. Yeah, I would be SUPER confused if I had to write an essay about the Scarlet Letter shortly after watching this! And +1 on everything you said about Emma Stone.

  7. Great movie. I love how in the "Pocket Full of Sunshine" sequence she is in the shower singing for so long, the subtitle actually changes from "Sunday Afternoon" to "Sunday Late Afternoon."

    1. I have never noticed that!!! Clearly, I need to watch it again and pay closer attention....... ;)

  8. I went to see this movie with about ten women and one (maybe two) gay men. All theatre majors. And it was hilarious and wonderful. We walked around the department for the next month or so doing the thing where they kiss their hand and double touch their chest and raise it in the air. So funny.

    Also...the adoption scene? Hilarious.

    1. I'm not sure which I love more - the kiss hand double touch chest thing from this OR the "Oh my God" (make O with hands, point at self, put hands together as if praying) thing from St. Trinian's. Which was, to be honest, the only good thing about that movie...

      And YES. Stanley Tucci steals the show for me every time he's on screen.

  9. LOVED IT. First, I have a girl crush on Emma Stone (and I think it started with this movie). Second, its hilarious. You've gotta love all of this girl's expressions! I can't think of a favourite part because I like every single thing from all the characters. And the whole pocketful of sunshines scene, the entire weekend thing starting with the "ugh, i hate this song" to "i've gotta i've gotta i've gotta i've gotta pocketful of sunshines". plus it has soooo many 80's movies references. gotta love it.

    1. YES. The 80s movies references are phenomenal! And +1 on Emma Stone's facial expressions. She's brilliant.


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