"Did She Mention that She's a Quarter Hawaiian?" "Yeah, Like Fifty Times."
BUT, the film places such an emphasis on Stone’s culture heritage that you cannot ignore it; at one point she spells out her family background: her mom is Swedish, and her father is half-Chinese and half-Hawaiian. We even get to see a picture of her parents (briefly). That’s where the movie lost me. It is indeed POSSIBLE that pale, blonde-haired blue-eyed Emma Stone was birthed from that combination of parents, but it is not at all PROBABLE. Genes just don’t work that way. One step forward, two steps back guys: if you’re going to write a part for a mixed-race woman, don’t cast arguably one of the whitest women in Hollywood.
Okay, that’s done. Onto the review.