I am not sure where I heard about this movie, but I am glad
I did. This is what I needed to make yesterday morning seem a little brighter.
The story is essentially about rumours and a extremely funny
and true taken on the human society, taken through a small sample of high
school going teenagers in Ojai. The movie has Emma Stone in the main lead as
Olive, a smart and confident teenager who like most people at that age are
dreaming of love and dating. Unfortunately her life takes a twist for the worse
when a casual lie told to a friend, mountains into a ginamorous tornado which
engulfs everyone in the school with Olive in the centre. What is hilarious is
the way something as simple as lying about her virginity turns Olive into a
school-going hooker who accepts gift certificates and even non refundable movie
tickets as payment.
Emma Stone excels in her role as Olive. And I was so
relieved to see a normal characterization of a sane headed teenager (an not
because she has body fat) Stone plays the role with chutzpah and charm. A smart
talking girl, her performance never isolates the audience from her emotions and
that is the high point
of the movie. I also have to add a a special mention to the performance of
Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson who play Olive’s parents, Dill and
Rosemary. To say that they are hilarious would be an understatement. These most
arresting of scenes are the ones that Olive shares with them. The bohemian pair
is sarcastic, charming and so delightful that you wish that you were born into
Amanda Bynes, plays Marianne, a . . . what is the polite way
to say it… a Jesus freak (in Lisa Kudrow’s words). The pious religious girl who
considers it God’s will if her 22 year old boyfriend can’t pass high school is
just plain hilarious. Some of the other members of the cast are ThomasHadenChurch as Mr. Griffith,
Lisa Kudrow as Mrs. Griffith and Olive's School counselor and Dan Byrd as
Brandon, Olive’s first customer.
The movie has all the right elements of a high school drama.
And add to the mix a pretend sex scene, Demi Moore’s horrifying remake of ‘The Scarlet
Letter’, a Chlamydia attack and some plain ol love and you have a high school
rom com which is easy on the eyes, entertaining and yet not lacking in character.
The saviour of the downtrodden had never been so entertaining!