After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl 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. Courtesy of IMDB
I watched this like two days ago and fell in love. It is so nice that there is someone out there that can make a film about teenagers that is actually smart and funny. But I want to be clear. This is not a teenage film, this is a film for anyone that has been in high school. Seriously, I saw 80 & 90 year old men and women walking out this theater with smiles on their faces. No blandness, no uncomfortable laughter (unless you are a prude, in which case, why watch a film about a girl faking to lose her virginity to get attention?)
Well this film follows a teenager named Olive (Emma Stone) who was pretty much under the radar. She starts off with the tiniest of lies. She lies to her best friend Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka) about her having a date for the weekend (Olive lied because she did not want to hang out with Rhiannon freaky, hippie, and naked family for the weekend). But Olive tells her that she had a very hot night with some guy named George that goes to a community college. Rhiannon was actually really smart and knew she was lying but than Olive convinced her otherwise.
She tells her this lie in a bathroom where Marianne (Amanda Bynes), the leader of the Jesus Squad overhears. After the lie, her best friend tells the entire school and she is known as the bimbo of the school. After calling another chick from the Jesus Squad a "twat" (after she called her a "skank") in the middle of class, she get detention. In detention she meets up with an old friend Brandon (Dan Byrd) who is gay. He knows that Olive did not do what everyone said she did, but they devise a plan to make sure the reputations they desire get accomplish. She likes the attention of being the school slut and he wants to look straight until high school is over. So they go to a big party and have an even bigger (yet fake) time where they have "sex" for the world to hear. By world, of course, I mean high school which is indeed a different planet of its own.
So after her gained popularity, she starts getting offers from guys to have "sex" with them. Things start great, I suppose, but than her gained popularity backfires when she gets help from a guidance counselor, Mrs. Griffith (Lisa Kudrow) who is the wife of Olive's favorite teacher, Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church, one of the best characters in the movie). Then things take a very unpredictable dive for everyone involved.
I will stop there because the dive was so unbelievably unexpected, everyone gasped when it happened because it really made the movie serious actually. But it added another element because this movie is surprisingly sad in some parts as well. But you will laugh your ass off, guaranteed. The dialogue was witty, modern and funny. The cast, I believe, was the best thing about this film. Olive's parents, Rosemary and Dill (played by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci), were the greatest parents ever! Hilarious, nonjudgmental, and understood the new generation. Malcolm McDowell was the school principal, Principal Gibbons, who had one scene in the movie, but it was very memorable.
Like I said, this film is smart and very enjoyable no matter if you are 15 or 100 (God bless you). You will like the John Hughes-esque feel to the movie. I said this film would have made him proud (Rest In Peace). It truly understood teenagers. It is not really like the bullshit you see in tv and movies. You know where everyone sleeps with everyone out of revenge over the dumbest of things (like cheating boyfriends and no, I don't think they get the irony in that). Then there are the ones about losing your virginity before you graduate (though I will excuse Superbad from that list because it was just too damn funny) or at prom. This was not a stupid venture to sex, this was a venture to get attention through attention (it makes sense to me). There was even a little tribute of John Hughes films in the movie which was very appropriate added a nice balance. Also I think it was to give the younger generation a taste of the genius that was John Hughes. Seriously, if you don't know him, head to your nearest Blockbuster (um...wait a minute), head over to any place that sells videos and look for Sixteen Candles. I think that is a great film to start with.
So man and woman, young and old, black and green polka dots, watch this film! You won't regret it.