Sunday, September 26, 2010

Maybe John Hughes *DOES* direct her life

You might have heard that the new film by WILL GLUCK, "EASY A," is a modern take on the classic 80s-style teen flick, and how lead character OLIVE (EMMA STONE) compares her life to a film by referencing cinematic examples that include "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
She concludes, of course, by declaring that JOHN HUGHES did not direct her life.

KERSTIN and I saw "Easy A" in the cinema yesterday, and I had to laugh when -- later in the film -- Gluck subtly suggests that perhaps Hughes *did* direct Olive's life.


Please don't read any further if you want to be completely surprised by the plot of "Easy A" (which would be difficult, for although Gluck made a fun film, it's by no means characterized by serpentine plotting).

Still with us? Great!

There's a scene late in the film in which the character "Woodchuck Todd," one of Olive's earliest crushes and one of the few male characters immune to erratic hormonal urges, serves in a "white knight" role -- sheltering Olive from an unpleasant situation involving another guy.

Listen carefully as the pair sit in Todd's car. A CARY BROTHERS' cover of "IF YOU WERE HERE" plays on the radio.

Sound familiar?

The THOMPSON TWINS' original plays as Jake Ryan serves as Samantha's "white knight" after the wedding scene in Hughes' 1984 teen classic, "SIXTEEN CANDLES."

It was a little moment that made me laugh. Gluck references 80s-style teen films throughout his own movie, but it was the subtle inclusion of that song that stood out for me.


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