Easy A

“Easy A” is a bad movie that’s transformed into a decent movie through the sheer likability of Emma Stone.

You won’t initially think “Easy A” is bad because it’s so damn enjoyable to watch. You’ll laugh. You’ll enjoy the homages to “Ferris Bueller” and other high school comedies. You’ll appreciate the massive charisma of Stone.

I saw “Easy A” when it came out in 2010 and I held it in high regard for a decade. But then I watched it again with fresh eyes.

The story is problematic. A high school student (Olive) trades her reputation for money (usually in the form of gift cards). She does this because it amplifies her own standing (for a while) and it helps boost the standing of kids who are often bullied or disregarded. Because Olive is funny and smart, there’s no trauma. She’s above it all.

Yet, Olive tells lies and has horrible lies told about her. She’s assaulted by a fellow student and betrayed by a guidance counselor. These serious events are flippantly disregarded because Olive is just so hilarious. Her cunning wit papers over abhorrent actions by all involved.

I know some people think we’re too precious now, but I’m glad the 2020 version of “Easy A” would at least attempt to grapple with the fallout from assault, betrayal, and lies. Tossing that stuff off has repercussions.