Easy A Is An Easy Review For This Screenwriter

Easy A Is An Easy Review For This Screenwriter

As the dreamer with dreaming of getting my screenplay produced, I feel that no one really knows the impact your words may have on others when you release them into the internet stratosphere. Especially, when those words are the gateway to your screenwriting dreams.

In my last post Hollywood Screenwriter Offers Zombieland Movie Review, this one line must have struck a chord with someone. “Emma Stone “shines” in this movie as a cool butt kicking chick and has a promising future as an actress.” One of Ms. Stone’s representatives read my review and gave me a compliment for giving her a favorable critique. Wow, someone in the biz is actually reading my words! What a boost to my confidence.

So, when a friend suggested a girls night out to the movies to see “Easy A”, I was all for it. Another chance to watch Emma Stone perform her magic. There was four of us, 40 +older going to see a teen comedy. Would we get it? Would we enjoy it just as much as the younger crowd is was geared for?

Here is my review of Easy A –

Easy A

Written by: Bert V Royal
Directed by: Will Gluck
Studio-Sony Pictures/Screen Gem

This hilarious romantic teen comedy written by first-time screenwriter Bert V Royal is bursting with laugh-out loud rapid-fire dialogue and a intelligent savvy heroine you will want to root for. The adults in the audience will be wildly amused with the references to John Hughes so deftly interwoven into the story by director Will Gluck.

A superb supporting cast round out this movie that will be enjoyed by all ages 13 + up. Standouts are Dill (Stanley Tucci) and Rosemary (Patricia Clarkson) are a scream as Olive’s funny screwball parents.

It all begins innocently enough when Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) tells her gossip hungry best friend Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka, of CW’s, “Hellcats”) a little white lie. She concocts a story that she is going on a date with some college guy (imaginary) so she won’t have to endure going on a weekend camping trip with Rhiannon’s nudist hippie parents. But on Monday, Rhiannon’s wants all the dirty details and badgers her until Olive gives in and announces-

She is no longer a virgin!

The confession is overhead by self-righteously religious Marianne, (Amanda Byrnes) who in turn blabs and the news runs rampant throughout the corridors of Ojai High School. Literally, overnight, Olive has become the class slut.

Olive’s troubled gay friend, Brandon (Dan Byrd) of (ABC’S “Cougartown”) is constantly being bullied for his sexual orientation and asks for her help. Now that she’s already told one white lie, what’s one more going to hurt? He wants her to “pretend” to have sex with him at an upcoming party. She agrees, the act is (with great theatrics and overheard by their fellow party goers) consummated and her dirty reputation is sealed.

Relishing her newfound popularity, Olive embraces her inner bad girl and starts wearing skimpy clothes. “The Scarlet Letter” is being studied in her English class and a fellow student of Olive’s, a disciple of Marianne, Nina (Mahaley Hessan) suggest she wear an A to signify her wantonly ways. Never one to back down, Olive sews a big red “A” to all of her corsets as a tribute to Hawthorne’s sexual outcast, Hester Prynne.

She embarks on a campaign of letting nerds and dweebs “score” with her while she collects “gift cards” and money for her services. Olive believes she is helping these guys with their low self esteem while she gains her own brand of notoriety. That is until she is ostracized from everyone else.

Her troubled conscience gets the best of her and she takes it upon herself to tell her side of the story at a pep rally in a most uniquely, satisfying way.

Emma Stone is a charismatic, intelligent, magnetic comedic force of nature. It will be a pleasure to witness this multi-talented actress’s brilliant career unfold. Critics gives an 84% approval rating on the tomatometer, while movie viewers score it a 83% at Rotten Tomatoes.

So keep writing and evoking your passion. You never know who will read your words and the impact it will make.

Have you ever received comments from someone you have written about? Do tell!

Movie trivia – Exciting news for Emily Stone and all her fans! Sony Pictures is looking to cast Emma as a female lead in the next, “Spiderman”. She is also be considered for the lead in Jonah Hill’s (they co-starred as love interests in “Superbad”) in “21 Jump Street” in which he co-wrote and is producing.

Since all three of these movies fall under the umbrella of Sony Pictures, it can be concluded that this studio knows they have a treasure in their midst and they want to keep it that way.

See you at the movies-


Toni left 8 Women Dream in November of 2010 to work on her screenplay and Club B.

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  • It was a cute movie. Nice blog you have here. LM

  • Heather Montgomery, CEO & serial entrepreneur

    I’ll have to catch this one. I am a fan of new and old teen movies… and the fun of introducing my son to Breakfast Club now is pretty hilarious!

    Thanks for the great info! – H

  • Mandy Begley

    Nice article.

  • Laurie

    I loved this movie! The side-kick girlfriends parents…..hilarious. Tucci is awesome. I love the teen movies….Mean Girls, Clueless, Legally Blonde and so many more. I was impressed how much I LOL’D.

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  • Catherine Hughes, Editor & Chief

    The trailers remind me of Charlie Bartlett, so I hope it’s as good. I love a good high school comedy. I’ve had some top bloggers comment from time to time, but not someone famous, but have I even written about someone famous?

    I am looking forward to the Social Network. If this heat keeps up, the air conditioned theaters will be a welcoming force this weekend.


    • Toni Schram

      I’ve never heard of “Charlie Bartlett” and Robert Downey Jr. was in it. How could I have missed that?

      But I’ll put $$$ on Emma Stone for outacting Anton Yelchin in anything. This girl is going places and she will be a undeniable force in Hollywood.

      You’ve told us that some of the top bloggers are famous. Have you ever considered interviewing them? I’m sure he/she could give all of us 8womendreamers a lot of good information to make our blogs better.


      • Catherine Hughes, Editor & Chief

        True. In the past I’ve exchanged emails with a few who I asked to critique the site (that was fun -gulp). The first time they told me to change everything I was doing and hire an Editor, which I did,and the second time they picked apart my theme, which I agreed with and changed, but they did not want their criticisms shared with the public. But I have asked two others who have said yes, but we have not been able to connect for an interview. One I’ve sent the list of questions, but have not heard back. And a few have turned me down for a couple of reasons, but I keep writing and exchanging with them, so you are dead-on about that. You would love Charlie Bartlett – it’s my favorite teenage film. I also loved Youth in Revolt. Love your entertainment industry posts!


  • Mariska Smith

    I kinda thought Emma Stone’s character is almost what Bella’s character is from Twilight…a shell for young girls. It was cute enough I suppose. Also the gossip didn’t remind me of high school. I think it would be a better rental. How fun to do movie reviews for a dream. Lucky you. -M

    • Toni Schram

      I never entered the world of Twilight, so I can’t compare Bella’s character to Olive’s.

      It’s been being moons since I was in high school, but the conversations I overhear on the street by teenagers and some of the shows on TV do sound like the dialogue shown on “Easy A”.

      Writing movie reviews as a dream does sound cool!



  • Toni Schram

    I do believe you’ll enjoy all the John Hughes references in the “Easy A”. What JH movies are your faves? “Pretty in Pink” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are mine!

    Clueless is one of those movies, that when it comes on screen, the whole world grinds to a
    stop and I just have to savor it one more time.

    Love ya-


    • Remy, Photographer & CEO of Cornerstone Creative

      Pretty in Pink for sure. She’s having a baby, sixteen candles, and some kind of wonderful – oh, and Mr Mom – totally hysterical. Clueless – AWESOME!!!! Lets have a movie night!

      • Toni Schram

        I love the fact that the movie was so thoroughly entertained by both the teens and older people in the theater.

        Patricia Clarkson was a hoot. I knew she kicked ass in most of her dramatic roles, but the girl is funny!

        Love ya,


      • Toni Schram

        I loved Ducky in “Pretty in Pink” and had a crush on Andrew McCarthy.

        How could I forget Mr. Mom. It was all Michael Keaton in the whole movie! Have you ever seen “Nightshift?” Classic!

        Yeah to a movie night with all our guilty pleasures i.e. popcorn, soda, candy, etc!

  • Remy, Photographer & CEO of Cornerstone Creative

    Now I’m gonna have to see this! I loved John Hughes Movies growing up. That kind of humor is smart and quick…I LOVE movies like clueless too…timeless!