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Seems too cliche to me. The constant looking back to 80's nostalgia film is just too much. Emma Stone is a sometimes unlikeable character while supporting roles from Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow, and Stanley Tucci are constantly keeping the film from being mediocre.
- paulkoh110, Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Combine Saved! with Mean Girls, throw in a generous helping of John Hughes's filmography, add a dash of Juno, and top it all off with some post-modern meta filmmaking, you will get this film. Emma Stone has been in a number of films before this one, but it is here that she has given her true star making performance. She is wonderful as Olive. Apparently, director Will Gluck cast her because he didn't want someone who could become Olive, but instead, really was Olive. Based on what knowledge I have of Stone, that was a perfect casting decision, because I can't see anyone else in the role. This modern take on The Sacrlet Letter is fun, witty, and really hilarious. It's not the most believable film, because a lot of what happens plays out fairly unrealistically, but then again, it is a satirical farce, so this isn't a problem...unless you can't suspend disbelief, and, if that's the case, you probably only watch documentaries anyway. Moving on, this is a great film. It's fresh and smart, and the supporting cast is likewise as great as Stone. There's really a whole lot to like, and basically nothing to hate. It's not perfect, because I could just tell they were burdened by an enforced PG-13, but everyone makes the best of it anyways. Give this one a shot. It's bound to end up being a classic...at least I hope so.
- cosmo313, Monday, September 3, 2012