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"Easy A" Movie: This Generation's "Breakfast Club"?

I’m not one to talk up a movie more than once, especially when there isn’t any pressing reason to do so, but I was playing around with some images, and find myself moved to throw out another mention of Easy A.

I’m going to tell you straight out – if a movie critic tells you they’re excited, interested, anticipating, or otherwise positively moved by a film release more than once or twice a year, move on. They’re either clueless, bandying about hype recklessly, haven’t seen nearly enough films, or all of the above.

That said, I’m pretty interested in getting the chance to view Easy A, and I’m the first to admit that it’s a strange title to follow up such remarks with.

Why does something like this pique my interest, even following up my statement that you should be wary of interested movie critics? Well, you go right for the throat, don’t you? I have to admit that I am somewhat taken in by the trailer, and by the theory. Still, I hear you saying, why?

There is some glimmer in this film to me. I grew up with Hughes, and at the perfect age. No, I’m not expecting that this film will live up to that exactly, but even if Easy A is not quite at the same level, it seems to be doing what he was doing. I wonder (skewed viewpoint though I may have) about kids today – meaning those in High School or thereabouts, because I’m that old now.

It may sound like the nonsensical yarn of someone who thinks too much about movies, but I truly wonder where I’d be now if not for Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Some Kind of Wonderful, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. All of them with a sure hand at telling the system to screw off, the bold reality to let you know it wasn’t going to accomplish much, and the sensibility to throw out The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Psychedelic Furs, New Order, and so many others.

I wonder about this generation. What’s their Breakfast Club?

I don’t know if the film will be able to do anything with the comparison, but check it out.

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne’s in “The Scarlet Letter,” which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Directed by Will Gluck

Written by Bert V. Royal


  • Emma Stone
  • Penn Badgley
  • Amanda Bynes
  • Thomas Haden Church
  • Patricia Clarkson
  • Cam Gigandet
  • Lisa Kudrow
  • Malcolm MacDowell
  • Aly Michalka
  • Stanley Tucci
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