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Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedies

Run time: 92 mins

In Theaters: Friday 17th September 2010

Box Office USA: $58.4M

Box Office Worldwide: $75M

Budget: $8M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures/Screen Gems

Production compaines: Screen Gems, Olive Bridge Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Fresh: 152 Rotten: 26

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Zanne Devine,

Starring: Emma Stone as Olive Penderghast, Stanley Tucci as Dill Penderghast, Amanda Bynes as Marianne, Cam Gigandet as Micah, Lisa Kudrow as Mrs. Griffith, Malcolm McDowell as Principal Gibbons, Penn Badgley as Woodchuck Todd, Patricia Clarkson as Rosemary Penderghast, Dan Byrd as Brandon, Thomas Haden Church as Mr. Griffith, Aly Michalka as Rhiannon, Juliette Goglia as Eighth Grade Olive, Johanna Braddy as Melanie, Stacey Travis as Marianne's Mom, Jake Sandvig as Anson

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Smarter than your average teen comedy, this snappy movie knows how to keeps us laughing. But while the plot touches on some truths about teen sexuality, it feels constrained by the genre to be rather moralising about it.

To clear up confusion, 17-year-old Olive (Stone) is doing a live webcast outlining the chain of events that began when she inadvertently started a rumour that she'd lost her virginity. After letting the gossip grow, she's now known as the school slut; in the process she loses her best pal (Michalka) and wages war on the class goody-goody (Bynes). Her parents (Clarkson and Tucci) know the truth, as does her favourite teacher (Church), although the hearsay is about to upset his marriage to the school's guidance counsellor (Kudrow).

While it's essentially the usual shallow teen silliness, the filmmakers at least astutely cut through the sanitised approach we usually see. For one thing, they admit that teens think about sex a lot even if they don't do it as much as they'd like (or as much as their peers imagine they do). Although even with some fairly full-on dialog, there's an oddly prudish tone that continually tries to hint that sex is something naughty.

But never mind, while the teens believe that everyone's sleeping around, and Olive blatantly encourages the rumours, it's the adults who walk away with the film. Clarkson and Tucci are absolutely hysterical as Olive's open-minded parents, Church and Kudrow add effective serious subtext into their hilarious moments, and McDowell has the single funniest scene as the blustering principal. Opposite these pros, the younger cast members don't have a chance, although Stone holds her own with the help of an intelligent, witty script.

And the screenplay continually keeps the film from feeling too corny. Just when things start to get annoyingly inane, a razor-sharp one-liner emerges to wake us up. And the plot takes some darkly nasty turns along the way that nicely stir in some black comedy and resonant drama. But you know something's not quite right when, in a high school sex comedy, a teenager's relationship with her parents is the best thing on the screen.


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