Ross from Friends
Episode: "The One With The Halloween Party"
Why it's so great: Get it? Sputnik? Spudnik? Potato space station? It's so perfectly nerdy we could stop here. (But we won't.)
Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation
Episode: "Greg Pikitis"
Why it's so great: It's Tom Haverford, the greatest wannabe baller on television dressed as his idol and doing a terrible, but zealous, impression. Perfection.
Troy from Community
Why it's so great: It's a toilet seat cover that says "Dracula." It's so lazy it comes back around to brilliant. Plus, Donald Glover shirtless is never bad.
Fez from That 70s Show
Episode: "Too Old To Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die"
Why it's so great: It's Fez in stockings and a pearl necklace completely misunderstanding the point of his character. Enough said.
Jim from The Office
Episode: "The Koi Pond"
Why it's so great: It's obstinate and sarcastic, it builds on his original lazy costume (three hole punch Jim), and he's so lovable he can get away with it.
Haley from Modern Family
Why it's so great: This is what Haley wears when her mother says her other costume is too slutty. This is insulting to the word conservative...and Mother Theresa...and charity -- which is also why it's so hilarious.
The Three Stooges
Uncle Jesse, Uncle Joey and Danny from Full House
Episode: "It's Not My Job"
Why it's so great: Honestly, it's just stupidly cute -- just like everything else on that show.
Barney from How I Met Your Mother
Episode: "Slutty Pumpkin"
Why it's so great: This is how I imagine Barney sees himself on a daily basis, so of course that who he dresses as for Halloween.
Chang from Community
Why it's so great: Jeff guesses Chang's costume, "Kristi Yamaguchi?" to which Chang responds, "Peggy Fleming. You're racist! Just been proven racist by the racist prover." So Chang. So perfect.
Michael and His Other Head
Michael Scott from The Office
Why it's great: Michael Scott with an extra paper mache head. Comedy gold.
Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj from The Big Bang Theory
Episode: "The Middle Earth Paradigm"
Why it's great: Four nerds arguing over matching super hero costumes, plus Raj's idea that they could walk in a straight line so they look like the Flash moving really quickly is too solid to ignore.
Phantom of The Opera
Charlie from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Episode: "Who Got Dee Pregnant?"
Why it's great: "He eats theater people!" "No, he doesn't." "I think he might."
President Obama on SNL
Episode: Season 33, Episode 4
Why it's great: I think that's pretty obvious.
Easy A a teen sex comedy with no actual sex aims rather conspicuously to plumb the best bits of Diablo Cody and Alexander Payne in its upside-down self-consciously campy take on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. In the role of its high-school Hester Prynne is Emma Stone the sly husky heroine of last year’s surprise hit Zombieland. Tested by a film that is far less clever than its director Will Gluck or screenwriter Bert Royal would have us believe (and they desperately want us to believe) she passes with flying colors delivering a performance that should elevate her into the upper echelon of actresses possessing brains and beauty in equal measure.
Stone plays Olive the kind of quick-witted hyper-literate teen that our educational system produces in ever-diminishing numbers. (If it ever produced them to begin with.) More knowing and sophisticated than others her age she is nonetheless not immune to the pressure of peers and the dread of being labeled a loser. Under duress by a prying friend (Aly Michalka) to dish the details of her birthday weekend a rather mundane affair mainly spent jumping on her bed to the tune of Natasha Bedingfield’s pop monstrosity “Pocket Full of Sunshine ” she feels compelled to embellish a bit and concocts an entirely fictional account of losing her virginity (dubbed the “V-Card” by Royal trying too hard) to a boy from a junior college across town.
Word of Olive’s deflowering spreads with startling speed aided by the incessant rumor-mongering of a catty Evangelical eavesdropper (Amanda Bynes). Suddenly branded a tramp on account of a seemingly harmless little lie Olive opts to embrace her newly tarnished reputation and put it to good use. In a viciously stratified social environment where even the most awkward acne-plagued pariah can earn respect and even admiration from members of the upper castes for having gone All the Way Olive anoints herself the Mother Theresa of (fake) sluts bestowing her blessing upon downtrodden gents in need of a reputation boost. And she resolves to look the part too traipsing around in scandalous bustiers and affixing the letter “A” to her chest.
There are limits to Easy A’s Scarlet Letter conceit overly Glee-ful tone forced repartee and pop-culture references (John Hughes is invoked so many times he should get a producer credit). Which is why director Gluck must be grateful to have found Stone who handles the verbal calisthenics of Royal’s script with charm and verve and a certain effortless appeal that keeps us engaged even as the film wallows in contrived irony and heavy-handedness. Keep your eye on her.