Sunday, December 26, 2010
Some nice acting in this, from Emma Stone as the would-be Hester Prynn (or Olive) who really carries the entire film, and from a wildly inappropriate Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as Olive's clearly-improvising parents. There are some zippy scenes but they are few and far between and the movie starts to collapse under its premise. Sometimes it feels as though the filmmakers were interested in making something mean-spirited along the lines of Election but then held back, and it's not quite sweet and funny enough to go in the other direction. Still, a must for Emma Stone fans. Maybe someone, some day, will write a great comedy for her.