Here's the timeline of me watching this movie:
- 10 minutes in I wonder why I'm watching this
- 15 minutes in I grabbed my cell phone and started playing Solitaire
- 30 minutes in I got bored of Solitaire and opened my netbook to check Emails/Gather/etc.
- 60 minutes in I got up to use the bathroom, tidy up some stuff while the movie was still running
A couple of "friends" recommended this movie, but it didn't do anything for me. It was predictable pretty much from start to finish, so that when I got up to use the bathroom and stuff I didn't care because I knew by then what was going to happen, although the zany scheme at the end to save the day wasn't even that zany.
The been there, done that story involves Olive (Emma Stone) who is ignored at school because...um, she dyes her hair red and gets good grades? That's about all I could think of. She doesn't even have glasses like most Hollywood movies about high school outcasts!
Anyway, she tells her friend for no real reason that she had sex with some guy named George (one thing that struck me is where the friend says there's no one sexy named George; I guess she's too young to remember former Sexiest Man Alive George Clooney) and then gets a bad reputation. Some gay kid then goes to Olive and bribes her to stage some fake sex so people will think he's straight. Word gets around and soon Olive is the school slut--except she never sleeps with anyone.
You could probably figure out the rest of the plot. [Mild spoilers!]
There's your Mild Spoiler space. At first she thinks it's cool but then realizes it sucks. There is of course some hot sensitive guy she likes who she finally gets at the end after confessing everything on YouTube. (Why anyone would believe her when she's obviously a liar is beyond me.)
More Mild Spoiler space. The movie wants to be "Juno" mixed with John Hughes, but it's just another dull, cookie cutter Hollywood teen movie. Emma Stone makes a good sassy heroine, but the story lets her down by being way too predictable.
Anyway, save yourself some time and just watch "Juno" instead or even better, get MTV's "Daria" series from the late '90s on DVD. Or you could rent some John Hughes and watch the master at work.
That is all.
My score: 25/100 (1 star)
Metacritic score: 72/100 (3 stars)