Temptation and triumph

2011-01-14 00:00

THE teen comedy,Easy A and Secretariat, a film biopic about a racehorse, are the two new movies opening in Pietermaritzburg today.

In Easy A, Emma Stone plays the lead role of Olive Penderghast, a typical American high school girl, who tells a little white lie to increase her popularity.

The result is that rumours fly around the school about her supposed promiscuity and indiscretions. While it’s not necessarily the kind of notoriety Olive was looking for, becoming the centre of attention proves to be tantalisingly addictive, so much so that she decides not to deny the rumours. In fact, she embraces them, further playing the part by sporting a sexy new look and biting new attitude.

But as her story continues to mutate and take on a life of its own, Olive can’t help but begin to identify with the notorious plight of the classic literary character Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter, the book she just happens to be studying in class. And when she begins losing control of the raging rumours, she discovers it’s not all that easy to put out a wildfire.

Secretariat is based on the remarkable journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winning racehorse, affectionately known as Big Red.

Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich) manages to navigate the male-dominated business and produce the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.

Secretariat also stars Dylan Walsh as Jack Tweedy, Chenery’s very traditional and highly skeptical husband; and real-life jockey Otto Thorwarth as Secretariat’s jockey, Ron Turcotte.


Still showing in Pietermaritzburg: Yogi Bear ; Spud ; Tron: Legacy ; Little Fockers ; The Tourist ; Gulliver’s Travels ; Megamind; The Town, and Tees Maar Khan .

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