This is, essentially, a teen flick and although we don’t habitually watch such movies, this is one of the best ones we’ve seen in a long time. Sure, the subject matter isn’t exactly original it’s loosely based on The Scarlet Letter after all but it sure makes for an interesting watch.
One of the reasons why this movie is good is Emma Stone. She shines in her first headlining role her other credits include Zombieland, Superbad and House Bunny and we tip her to be a big star in no time. She’s charming, cute and very believable. She’s no bimbo that we’d love to hate and neither is she a tomboy who covers up all her best bits. She seems like the girl-next-door who you’d love to have a girly chat with. In fact, she reminds us a little of Amanda Bynes, when she first made it big.
Speaking of Bynes, she does a great job here as the religious fanatic who makes Olive her own personal ‘project’. We’ve been a fan of hers for years and we’re glad she didn’t choose to ‘retire’ from acting, as she had revealed before.
Listen carefully as you watch this movie, as there are some very good and funny lines here. It actually reminds us a lot of the good ’80s movies that we grew up watching funny, non-pretentious, and with a big heart. And we think it’s hilarious too, when Olive makes a reference to the male leads in such flicks and wishes her life could be like an ’80s movie.
We have only one complaint, though. As much as we love Badgley he’s one of our faves in Gossip Girl we really think he’s too old to be playing a high school student!
SUMMARY: This is easy we give it an A for sure.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars