As teens we tend to like teen flicks. When we get beyond pimples and hormones, our opinions about them shift 180 degrees.
Once in a while -- however -- someone does a great teen angst flick, and one that appeals to viewers of all ages.
Easy A loosely works around Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Lette. Emma Stone's Olive is a high school virgin who lies about having sex with a college kid and then ends up lying about having sex with a gay classmate, an overweight guy and others.
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The depiction of a high school rumor mill and how Olive's lie travels is brilliant.
A repentant Olive narrates from a wonderful script that overwhelms the stale teen antagonists needed for conflict.
Stone is a great young actress who gets laugh-out-loud help from Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as her parents, and Thomas Haden Church and Lisa Kudrow as a teacher and a school councilor.
Easy A gets an A and is easily the week's best flick.
Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes, sexual humor. It's playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.