Q: What’s the movie about?
A: A high school girl (Emma Stone) lies to a friend (Aly Michalka) about losing her virginity, and before long, the whole school thinks she's a slut, which leads to her pretending to have slept with all the guys in school who need to boost their reputations, which leads to the whole school thinking she's a whore.
Q: Who’s in the movie?
A: Emma Stone, Aly Michalka, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Fred Armisen, Jake Sandvig
Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?
A: Proceed with Caution. It wants to be a John Hughes movie. I know this because it mentions at least 4 John Hughes movies and then goes on to imitate at least 3. The problem is you need John Hughes to make a John Hughes movie, and John Hughes quit making teen movies 20 years before he became incapacitated.
Q: Will this movie make me laugh?
A: There are a lot of laughs, but the best ones come from the girl's parents. The funniest part of Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci's joyful portrayal of a set of parents so open that they make my (usually naked) parents look conservative, is the mere idea that parents like this could exist.
Q: Will this movie make me cry?
A: It's sad to me that girls get to be considered promiscuous just for giving up their virginity one measly time. I gave mine up at least 3 times, and I never considered myself a slut.
Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?
A: The Diablo Cody Award. The dialogue in this movie makes the dialogue in Juno seem banal. Nobody talks like that. Most teenagers don't even know the meaning of banal.
Q: How is the Acting?
A: Emma Stone is cute, charming, and complex, as always. And the adults, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, and Lisa Kudrow are all delightful. Yes, I did leave Thomas Hayden Church off that list, despite my being a big enough fan of his from Wings to have watched Ned & Stacey in its entirety. For some reason, he comes off sounding like a robot in more than one scene. That reason isn't so much a mystery as it is the dialogue, which is witty and clever to the point of making him seem like a totally unbelievable person.
Q: How is the Directing?
A: Will Gluck was born to make comedies. I mean, look at his name, "Will Gluck." Doesn't it just makes you wanna laugh? Maybe because it has a "K" in it. I was once told that "K's" are funny. Did you know that some letters of the alphabet are funnier than others? Well, now you do. I'm reporting this nonsense to you because there's nothing much to say about the directing of this movie. It does the job, but doesn't give you anything to talk about-- besides which letters of the alphabet are the funniest. Please discuss your personal favorites in the comments section.
Q: How is the story/script?
A: The script has an original point of view and an original premise, which is commendable. Then again, I couldn't relate to the point of view. A good girl choosing to be known as a slut just so that people will notice her is almost inconceivable to me. Especially when you consider that being coined a slut and a whore is possibly the all-time greatest badge of dishonor for emotionally vulnerable high school girls. I mean, sure, maybe if she were a more damaged character, but this character is smart, confident, witty, attractive, self-assured, and has a good relationship with her parents. I just never bought that she would care what people thought of her. She's way too cool. But, hey, a guy wrote it, and if you look at it from the point of a nerdy guy who might've dreamed of paying a cute girl to pretend she hooked up with him so he could upgrade his reputation, yeah, it's a total wish fulfillment fantasy.
Q: Where can I see the trailer?
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