We don’t get a lot of teen comedies at TIFF, and with good reason: most of them are pandering tripe. Gluck’s chipper riff on The Scarlet Letter, in which a senior (Stone) is branded the school slut after her white lie about losing her virginity goes viral, occupies the same clear-headed space as 10 Things I Hate About You and Mean Girls. It’s a movie you can respect in the morning.
Stone (Superbad, Zombieland) is terrific fun in her first lead, though Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci do their best to steal the picture as her eccentric parents.
Emma Stone’s performance gets an Easy A.