Movie Monday: The Town and Easy A

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town.JPGAfter a couple of zombie-like weekends at the box office, a trio of new movies brought some life back to the cineplex. Ben Affleck’s crime drama The Town nabbed box office honors this week, stealing $23.8 million. Easy A had to be content with a solid B, scoring $18.2 million, while M Night Shyamalan’s Devil scared up $12.6 million for third place. A fourth newcomer, the animated Alpha and Omega, slunk into 5th place with $9.2 million, right behind Resident Evil: Afterlife.

For Plugged In, it was a lose-lose weekend, featuring two features high on IQ but with less-than-desirable content. The Town, a well-crafted, well-acted gangster flick, also featured lots of violence, a morally ambiguous ending and 155 f-words—more than one a minute, for those of you keeping track at home. Easy A, a teen comedy centered around a high school virgin who gets a steamy reputation by pretending to have sex with classmates, is clever, but according to reviewer Adam R. Holz, it’s also crass, sleazy and very troubling.

“Perhaps what saddens me most about this film is that when [Easy A protagonist] Olive goes looking for honest, Christian answers about sex, she can’t find any,” Adam writes. “And so she settles for our culture’s dangerously self-righteous take on this immensely important subject: It’s my business and nobody else’s.”

Easy A connected with its intended fanbase, though: About 67% of its audience was female this weekend, and nearly half were under the age of 18. When it comes to countering the charms of Easy A, there are no easy answers.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Lisbeth:

One thing that I wish you would realize is that everybody has different tastes.  That's why they make more than one flavor of ice cream.  That's why they have more than one genre for movies.  That's why they have more than one rating in the ratings sytem.  There are times where I love going to the movies with my family but there are also times where I love going to the movies with my friends only or my sister only.  My sister and I saw "Easy A" together and we loved it.  The room was full of other people our age (high-schoolers and college students) and we were all laughing so hard at some parts.  I thought the dilemma in the movie was interesting: Did Olive dig herself into a hole with her scandalous alter ego, did her classmates dig her into that hole, or it was it a little bit of both?  What role did her parents play in it?  For me, in the film, the acting was good, the writing was good, and, for a teen flick, it had some very interesting analysis about how society, whether it's family or school, can impact teen growth and development.  As for "The Town", my parents saw that movie on a 'date night' that they had and they both loved it.  In my family, we all know that, as individuals, we have our own tastes but, as a family, we also have our own tastes.  We respect each other's tastes for movies.  My parents don't feel offended when my sister and/or I want to see a movie, just the two of us, or with our friends and we don't feel offended when our parents want to go on a movie 'date night', just the two of them.  Y'all need to stop acting like movies have to be 'all or nothing'--that the entire family has to be able to see it or it's worth nothing.  In a way, all movies are aimed at a member of the family, just sometimes it aims at different groups in the family.  Sometimes, it aims at the whole family, sometimes just the kids or teens, and sometimes just the parents.