Emma Stone has finally got what she deserved.
What's that you ask? Well that would be a leading role where she finally carries a movie, and Easy A turns out to be the perfect starring vehicle for her. Sure, she's a bit older then the character she plays, but this low-budget movie was a pretty big hit at the cinemas and is now available on Blu-Ray so we took it for a spin.
Olive (Emma Stone), an average high school student, sees her below-the-radar existence turn around overnight once she decides to use the school's gossip grapevine to advance her social standing. Now her classmates (Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka) are turning against her and the school board is becoming concerned, including her favorite teacher (Thomas Haden Church) and the distracted guidance counselor. With the support of her hilariously idiosyncratic parents and a little help from a long-time crush, Olive attempts to take on her notorious new identity and crush the rumor mill once and for all.
Some of the funniest comments in this film come from Olive's parents played by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci. Although they have limited screen time, they have some of the best on-liners we've heard in quite some time, not least of which when Olive's little brother proclaims "I got an A+ in my spelling test today" to which they cut him down with "That's good honey, but everything has spellcheck these days". There's plenty more moments throughout the film where they're just, well, classic.
This 92 minute movie is kept moving along at a fairly brisk pace with quite a few interesting characters, some great scenarios and plenty of humour. All-in-all this is one of the more enjoyable teen movies we've seen in recent years and gets our highest recommendation.
Easy A comes to Blu-Ray in the films original 1.85:1 aspect ratio using the AVC MPEG-4 codec and it's a pretty gorgeous transfer with plenty of fine detail and a natural, realistic look to the image. The bitrate is generally fairly high, usually in the high 20Mbps', which gives the image plenty of room to breath. As expected for such a recent release to cinemas this film is free of any blemishes such as dirt or scratches.
If there is one complaint, although this is more likely an issue of the original print - or at least directorial decision - it's that the image appears to have a reddish/warm tone to it. There were also some inconsistency in the black levels in the film with some scenes appearing grey instead of the intended black.
Subtitles are provided in English, English SDH, Spanish and Hindi. We sampled the English track which was accurate to the on-screen dialogue. English and Spanish subtitles are also provided for the audio commentary.
Commentary with Director Will Gluck and Emma Stone: This is a pretty interesting audio commentary in which both the director and star of the movie provide constant talk about the creation of this film with some amusing stories.
Vocabulary of Hilarity (5:01/HD): This brief featurette looks at the teenage language used throughout the film, including how the first script would have given the film a much higher rating before it was toned down.
The School of Pop Culture: Movies of the Eighties (5:08/HD): Here we have a look at how this film took inspiration from John Hughes' teen comedies from the 1980's.
Gag Reel (5:21): Sadly not in high definition this is still a pretty good gag reel due to the participants although there is a little too much goofing.
Emma Stone Audition Footage (19:19): Here we have almost 20 minutes of Emma Stone's audition footage which gives some insight in to some scenes that never made it into the movie, and what an actor or actress needs to do to get the part.
Trailers (9:02/HD): Here we have a promotional trailer for Blu-Ray's (1:19), Burlesque (2:31), Grown Ups (2:05), The Other Guys (2:03), Green Hornet (2:29), and The Social Network (1:04).
MovieIQ (HD): MovieIQ returns on this Blu-Ray disc and provides details on the actors, cast and music in each of the scenes in the movie. This feature has really grown on me and will be particularly useful to those who like to know details about characters..
Review By: Dave Warner