Movie Quote of the Week – 10/6/17

Answer to MWL 10/4/17: Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) – Easy A

Whatever happend to chivalry? Does it only exist in ’80s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawn mower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an ’80s movie. Preferably one with a really awesome musical number for now apparent reason. But, no. No. John Hughes did not direct my life. So instead of all that, I get to save 15 cents on a bottle of Juniper Breeze Antibacterial Gel.- Olive Penderghast

Thanks for everyone’s submissions and one bottle of Juniper Breeze Antibacterial Gel to the following people for answering correctly:

Kim (Tranquil Dreams)
Tom (Plain, Simple Tom Reviews)

My Fave Five Films Set In High School

It’s mid-September, which means school is in full swing, whether it’s high school, college, or university.  High school is as awkward as it is fun.  A time when we develop crushes, learn to drive, develop new friendships, while going through puberty, dealing with embarrassing parents, and simply trying to fit in.  Films have tried to channel all these different aspects of being a teenager in school to varying success.  So for everyone in high school, here are my five favorite films set in high school.

21 Jump Street movie poster5) 21 Jump Street

I may be cheating a little bit here because the main characters aren’t in high school but that’s why I phrased the article’s title the way I did.  I don’t think anyone expected 21 Jump Street to be as awesome as it is.  A film that parodies the vast amount of reboots we have been dealing with over the last several years has to hit all the right notes exactly perfect, and this does with flying colors.  If it wasn’t for the chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, the movie may not have worked out as well as it did.  They play well of each other and Tatum proved that he can do more than the rom-coms he had been mainly known for prior.

4) Ferris Bueller’s Day OffFerris Bueller's Day Off movie poster

Everyone wanted to be Ferris after watching this movie.  Ferris manages to skip class without getting caught and have the most exciting day ever in Chicago with his girlfriend, Sloan, and best friend, Cameron.  Meanwhile, his sister, Jeanie, tries to expose him to their parents and his principal, Principal Rooney, tries to prove he skipped class.  The back and forth between Ferris and Rooney and Ferris and Jeanie are some of the best moments of the film.  I wouldn’t have minded being Ferris during high school, if only for a day.

Easy A movie poster3) Easy A

Easy A is the film that placed Emma Stone on the map.  She has had many roles over the last couple years but for me, this will be one of her most iconic.  She absolutely nails it as Olive and it is hard to believe anyone as good looking would go by unnoticed for four years but hey, whatever.  The movie has a great message about how quickly information can be passed along and skewed in today’s digital age.  Easy A has some of the best support characters in a movie with Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as Olive’s parents.  They are hysterical and may be the definition of “relationship goals.”

2) SuperbadSuperbad movie poster

This was almost my number one selection until I saw my number one playing on TV and thought “How could I forget about that?!”  This may be one of the most accurate representations of what it feels like to be a high schooler on film, albeit a bit exaggerated.  Which makes sense given Seth Rogan wrote it while he was in high school.  This has everything high school seniors deal with: trying to get the girl, wanting to be accepted as “cool,” being embarrassed by parents, and even moving away from your best friend when you both go off to college.  Seth and Evan are very relatable which makes the adventure they go on with their third buddy, Fogell, all the more enjoyable.

Back to the Future movie poster1) Back to the Future

Back to the Future is one of those films that if you come across it playing on TV, you have to watch it for a little bit.  It is a classic that I don’t think I will ever get tired of watching.  Marty McFly accidentally goes back in time to when his parents met and interrupts their first meeting.  This causes one of the most hilarious situations in a movie ever: Marty’s mother begins to to fall in love with him.  Now Marty has to get his parents to fall in love before he vanishes from history.  It sounds like the bad spin off “How I Met My Mother.”  It’s hard to believe that this classic almost stared Eric Stoltz instead of Michael J. Fox, even though I have a hard time picturing anyone else other than Fox as Marty.  Of course, I can’t forget to mention the fantastic score by Alan Silvestri, one of my favorite film composers.  Simply put, everything comes together perfectly.

Honorable mentions include American Pie, Grease, Risky BusinessThe Karate Kid (1984), and The Breakfast Club.  What are some of your favorite films set in high school?

Lightning Review: Easy A

This review was originally posted for MovieRob‘s High School/Teen Romance-themed Genre Grandeur.

Easy A movie posterSynopsis
Olive (Emma Stone) has been completely anonymous throughout high school. When her friend Brandon (Dan Byrd) asks her to pretend to have sex with him so he will stop getting bullied for being gay, she gets more attention than she bargained for.

At its core, Easy A is very similar to most other teen movies. Olive is trying to discover who she is and in the process causes friction between her and her best friend and she feels more alone than ever. However, it ends up working on so many levels. A huge part of its success stems from Emma Stone. She nails Olive’s personality. She cute, smart, charming, and always ready with a quip. Honestly, it’s hard to imagine any other actress playing the part. Stone could easily carry the film by herself but she doesn’t have to. Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as Olive’s parents steal every scene they’re in. Not only are they the chill and understanding type of parents, but they are funny. It’s easy to see where the character of Olive gets her wits. Besides the great characters, Easy A commentates on how easily information can be passed along and skewed in today’s digital age. Not to mention teens are more than willing to gossip and pass along scandalous information about their peers. This subtext isn’t heavy handed or in your face but easily picked up (the way it should be presented). Easy A is what every teen movie should strive to be. It has well-written characters, a great cast, a relevant message, jokes that don’t fall flat, and a big heart.


Favorite Quote
Chip: I like your pants.
Olive: Thank you. They’re Cosco. You can have them when you get a little taller if you want.
Chip: I’m never going to go through puberty.
Rosemary: Of course you will, baby. We’re a family of late bloomers. I didn’t until I was 14 nor did Olive.
Chip: Why does that matter? I’m adopted.
Dill: What!? Oh my god! Who told you? Guys, we were going to do this at the right time.


Cast & Crew
Will Gluck – Director
Bert B. Royal – Writer
Brad Segal – Composer

Emma Stone – Olive
Aly Michalka – Rhiannon
Penn Badgley – Woodchuck Todd
Dan Byrd – Brandon
Amanda Bynes – Marianne
Thomas Haden Church – Mr. Griffith
Lisa Kudrow – Mrs. Griffith
Patricia Clarkson – Rosemary
Stanley Tucci – Dill
Bryce Clyde Jenkins – Chip

Genre Grandeur – Easy A (2010) – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Here’s my entry in this month’s Genre Grandeur. Thanks again, Rob!


high-school-romanceFor this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – High School/Teen Romance Movies, here’s a review of Easy A (2010) by Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews

Thanks again to Kim of Tranquil Dreams for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Reut of Sweet Archives.  We will be reviewing our favorite dark comedies. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of July by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Reut!

Let’s see what Drew thought of this movie:




Olive (Emma Stone) has been completely anonymous throughout high school. When her friend Brandon (Dan Byrd) asks her to pretend to have sex with him so he will stop getting bullied for being gay, she gets more attention than she bargained for.


At its core, Easy A is very similar to most other teen movies. Olive…

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