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Easy A (2010)

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  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 17 September 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 92 min
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  • IMDb page: Easy A (2010)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 86,797 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 17 September 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 92 min
  • Filming Location: Ojai, California, USA
  • Budget: $8,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $58,401,464(USA)(19 December 2010)
  • Director: Will Gluck
  • Stars: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes and Penn Badgley
  • Original Music By: Brad Segal   
  • Soundtrack: Numba One (Tide Is High)
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: School | Student | Rumor | High School | Friend

Writing Credits By:

  • Bert V. Royal (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Emma Stone dropped out of Sucker Punch to do this movie.
  • In the original script, the “F”-word was used 41 times, the “S” word was used 13 times and the “C” word was used 3 times. The uses of these words were later cut down in the final script so as to receive a lower rating of PG-13 (the movie’s target audience) as opposed to a rating of R.
  • Amanda Bynes’s supposed final film after announcing her retirement from acting. She later returned to acting.
  • One of the protest signs reads: “Exodus 20:14”. Exodus 20:14 is one of the Ten Commandments and it reads, “You shall not commit adultery.”
  • Logan Lerman auditioned for the role that went to Dan Byrd.
  • The website FreeOlive.com leads to the Sony Pictures website.
  • Shipped to theaters under the code name “Major Cities”.
  • The title has several meanings: the “A” refers most obviously to the “Scarlet Letter” of the book and that Olive decides to wear, and “easy” is derogatory, somewhat old-fashioned slang for someone (almost always a woman) who is sexually promiscuous; “easy A” is also an American phrase denoting a school, class, or test that takes no effort to excel at.
  • When Brandon asks Olive if she will go out with him, she counters that he had just told her that he was “Kinsey six gay.” This refers to a system devised by Indiana University sex researcher Dr. Alfred Kinsey in 1948 by which sexuality is placed on a continuum ranging from zero (exclusively heterosexual with no homosexual) all the way up to six (exclusively homosexual). Kinsey hypothesized based on his research that most people fall somewhere in-between zero and six.
  • Olive’s family members are all named after foods: her parents’ names are Dill and Rosemary, both herbs; her younger brother’s name is Chip, and the one at college is named Kale, and the fact that her name, Olive, is also something edible is the subject of a joke in the movie.

Goofs: Crew or equipment visible: At the beginning of the movie, when Olive and Rhiannon are walking down the main street of Ojai (the street with all the arches) you can plainly see the California Highway Patrol car and the officer holding traffic at the intersection to keep traffic off the street while filming.

Plot: A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. Full summary »  »

Story: After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.Written by Sony Pictures  

Synopsis

Synopsis: The film opens with Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) talking into a web cam about how her little white lie ballooned into an uncontrollable monster. She says she will explain her side, the true side of what occurred. She says that she was a nobody that no one noticed outside her best friend Rhiannon (Aly Michalka). Rhiannon wants to go camping with Olive but Olive lies and says she is going on a date. In reality, she just hangs around the house all weekend singing "Pocketful of Sunshine" by Natasha Bedingfield.

The following Monday, pressed by Rhiannon, Olive lies about losing her virginity to a college guy. Marianne (Amanda Bynes), an overly enthusiastic Christian, overhears her telling the lie and soon it spreads like wildfire.

The school has a conservative teen church group run by Marianne who decides that Olive will be their next project. The group’s harassment disguised as concern comes to head at an English class run by Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church). The class happens to be reading The Scarlet Letter, a novel about adultery and shame. When one of the girls from the church group makes a side comment at Olive, Olive shoots back one of her own. This gets her sent to the principal’s office and Olive is given detention. It is there she sees her classmate Brandon (Dan Byrd) walking out of the office with a bloodied nose.

Later at home, Olive is with her parents and her adopted brother. Her mother Rosemary (Patricia Clarkson) and father Dill (Stanley Tucci) are very liberal and supportive of their daughter and her choices. Brandon comes over later and propositions Olive; she’ll pretend to sleep with him and make him appear straight, when in reality everyone knows he’s gay. She agrees and they pretend to have sex at a public party. Afterwards she bumps into an old crush Todd (Penn Badgley), whom she almost kissed years ago but instead lied about it when he said he wasn’t ready.

Now after apparently sleeping with two guys and the harassment starting to get to her, Olive decides to go with the flow. She begins to wear more provocative clothing and stitches a red ‘A’ to everything she wears. Boys begin to give her gift cards and money to say they’ve done sexual things with her to increase their own popularity, which only increases her rep.

However, things begin to go downhill quickly. Rhiannon, partly jealous of the attention Olive is getting, joins the church group protesting her. Olive is able to reconcile with Marianne but it is destroyed when Marianne’s boyfriend Micah (Cam Gigandet) gets an STD and says Olive gave it to him.

Olive sees Mrs. Griffith (Lisa Kudrow) who is crying and confesses that she is the one who slept with Micah. Olive promises to take the blame to save Mrs. Griffith’s job and marriage.

Olive becomes disillusioned with the fact that though everyone thinks she is sleeping around, no one will take the chance to actually date her. This changes when Anson (Jake Sandvig) comes up to her and asks her out. The date goes sour when Olive sees’ Rhiannon at the restaurant and remembers that she has a crush on Anson. Olive tries to recover and Anson attempts to pay her off, so she asks what they’ll say happened but Anson thinks he will actually get sex and tries to force himself on her. She resists and he drives off. Todd, who works at the restaurant, sees her and offers to drive her home.

Todd tells her that he doesn’t believe the rumor mill and thinks she’s actually great. He remembers how cool she was about not kissing him years ago and wishes she actually was his first kiss (her friend Rhiannon was and he says she was terrible). Olive is touched but says she can’t be with him until she sorts out her life.

Olive proceeds to go to the boys that propositioned her and tells them to fess up but most deny it, or in the case of Brandon who comes out to his parents, leave town altogether. When she goes to Mrs. Griffith to make her come clean, she refuses to and uses her authority as an adult to make it clear Olive won’t be believed over her. Olive runs to Mr. Griffith and tells the truth but immediately regrets how she did it, realizing she just ruined a marriage.

To get everything finally in the open, she does a song and dance number at a pep rally and pretends that she will be doing a sex show via web cam with Todd. In actuality (as the whole movie has been an extended flashback) she confesses what she has done. She also makes up with Rhiannon, apologizing for lying. When she is finishing up, Todd comes by riding a lawnmower and tells her to come out. She closes her web cam confession saying she really likes Todd and maybe she will lose her virginity to him in the future but at the end of the day it is no one’s business but her own. She leaves the house to kiss him and they ride off from the neighborhood on the lawnmower (a joke Olive made earlier on in the piece where she says "Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80’s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey").

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Zanne Devine known as producer
  • Alicia Emmrich known as associate producer
  • Will Gluck known as producer
  • Mark Benton Johnson known as co-producer (as Mark B. Johnson)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Emma Stone known as Olive
  • Penn Badgley known as Woodchuck Todd
  • Amanda Bynes known as Marianne
  • Dan Byrd known as Brandon
  • Thomas Haden Church known as Mr. Griffith
  • Patricia Clarkson known as Rosemary
  • Cam Gigandet known as Micah
  • Lisa Kudrow known as Mrs. Griffith
  • Malcolm McDowell known as Principal Gibbons
  • Aly Michalka known as Rhiannon
  • Stanley Tucci known as Dill
  • Fred Armisen known as Pastor
  • Juliette Goglia known as Eighth Grade Olive
  • Jake Sandvig known as Anson
  • Morgan Rusler known as Mr. Abernathy
  • Nikki Tyler-Flynn known as Mrs. Abernathy
  • Braeden Lemasters known as Eighth Grade Kid
  • Mahaley Manning known as Nina (as Mahaley Hessam)
  • Jameson Moss known as Evan
  • Blake Hood known as Kennedy Peters-Booth
  • Bryce Clyde Jenkins known as Chip
  • Neil Soni known as Zia
  • Stacey Travis known as Marianne's Mom
  • Bonnie Burroughs known as Micah's Mom
  • Eddie Applegate known as Micah's Grandfather
  • Norma Michaels known as Micah's Grandmother
  • Yolanda Snowball known as Receptionist
  • Andrew Fleming known as Doctor
  • Johanna Braddy known as Melody Bostic
  • David Gore known as Pre-Teen Kid
  • Lalaine known as Gossipy Girl
  • D'Anthony Palms known as Josh Wisniewski (as D'Anthony Wayne Palms)
  • Ryan Parker known as Kurt
  • Rawson Marshall Thurber known as Quiznos Guy (as Rawson Thurber)
  • Chris De Lorenzo known as Spectator In The Gym
  • Jillian Johnston known as Server
  • Nancy Karr known as Singing Server
  • Clay Black known as Singing Server
  • Bradley Charles Etheridge known as Singing Server (as Brad Etheridge)
  • Veerta Motiani known as Singing Server
  • Michael Strauss known as Singing Server
  • Lance Kerfuffle known as Clerk
  • Drew Koles known as Boy
  • Max Crumm known as Pontius
  • Jeremiah Hu known as Judas
  • Jessica Jann known as Jezebel
  • Danni Katz known as Harlot
  • Jason Kropik known as Mortimer
  • Julianne Celeste known as Gossip Girl Jogger (uncredited)
  • Seth Donavan known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Zack Kennedy known as Mr. Gleason (uncredited)
  • Bobby C. King known as Man Watching Skateboarders (uncredited)
  • Johnny Ruddell known as Drama Student (uncredited)
  • Micah Van Hove known as Stoner (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Desiree Dizard known as hair stylist
  • Donna-Lou Henderson known as makeup artist
  • Adruitha Lee known as hair department head
  • Tracy Manzo known as makeup artist
  • Maynard Matthews known as hair stylist (as Maynard G. Matthews)
  • Michelle Vittone known as makeup department head (as Michelle Vittone McNeil)
  • David Waterman known as key makeup artist
  • Jose Zamora known as key hair stylist (as Jose L. Zamora)

Art Department:

  • Guillaume DeLouche known as property master
  • Troy Hope known as paint supervisor
  • Carol Kiefer known as art department coordinator
  • David Lombard known as leadman
  • James P. Meehan known as assistant property master (as James Meehan)
  • C.J. Pyles known as on-set dresser (as CJ Pyles)
  • John Risso known as paint supervisor
  • Taylor Vaughan known as assistant property master
  • Doug Anderson known as plasterer (uncredited)
  • Ryan Claridge known as stand-by greens (uncredited)
  • Timothy Feimster known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Joey Genitempo known as stand-by painter (uncredited)
  • Laurin Guthrie known as set decoration buyer (uncredited)
  • Karen Higgins known as construction coordinator (uncredited)
  • Joe Mason known as art department assistant (uncredited)
  • Christopher Parker known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Tim Swope known as graphic artist (uncredited)
  • Richard Blake Wester known as set dresser (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Screen Gems (presents)
  • Olive Bridge Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • 424 Post  sound post-production
  • Animals of Distinction  animal trainers
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Designer Wardrobe Trailers  wardrobe trailer
  • Hula Post  editing systems
  • Klass Security and Investigations  film security
  • Madison Gate Records  soundtrack
  • Panavision  digital imaging
  • Picture Mill, The  main and end titles (as Picture Mill)
  • Reel Team, The  voice casting
  • Sony ColorWorks  digital intermediate (as ColorWorks)
  • Sony Pictures Studios  post services
  • The Event Department  catering

Distributors:

  • Screen Gems (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing Canada (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2010) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2012) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nordic (2011) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Argentina) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Zoic Studios (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Akemi Abe known as rotoscoping artist
  • Dave Isaac Santos Abuel known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Dave Abuel)
  • Suzette Barnett known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Suzette Barnet)
  • Raoul Bolognini known as visual effects producer: Zoic Studios (as Raoul Yorke Bolognini)
  • Phillip Broste known as compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Matthew G. Donnan known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Matt Donnan)
  • Ristra Fajarwaty known as compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Nathaniel Holroyd known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Nate Halroyd)
  • Carolyn Martin known as visual effects coordinator: Zoic Studios
  • Fumi Mashimo known as compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor: Zoic Studios
  • Kristen Branan known as head of production: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
  • Chris Ingersoll known as compositor (uncredited)
  • Jesse Morrow known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Brian Nugent known as digital compositor: Flame artist (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 11 September 2010 (Toronto International Film Festival) (premiere)
  • Australia 16 September 2010
  • Canada 17 September 2010
  • USA 17 September 2010
  • Ireland 22 October 2010
  • UK 22 October 2010
  • Hungary 28 October 2010
  • Estonia 29 October 2010
  • Spain 29 October 2010
  • Bulgaria 5 November 2010
  • Kazakhstan 10 November 2010
  • Philippines 10 November 2010
  • Germany 11 November 2010
  • Russia 11 November 2010
  • Slovenia 11 November 2010
  • India 12 November 2010
  • Malaysia 18 November 2010
  • Egypt 24 November 2010
  • Croatia 25 November 2010
  • Israel 25 November 2010
  • Portugal 25 November 2010
  • Singapore 25 November 2010
  • Poland 26 November 2010
  • New Zealand 2 December 2010
  • Slovakia 16 December 2010
  • Sweden 25 December 2010
  • Belgium 5 January 2011
  • Norway 14 January 2011
  • Venezuela 21 January 2011
  • Denmark 3 February 2011
  • Netherlands 3 February 2011
  • Italy 4 March 2011
  • Argentina 23 March 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 7 April 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 20 April 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 8 June 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • France 15 June 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 8 February 2012 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. wkup
    29 Mar 2012, 11:30 pm

    Lately the genre of teen comedies skew to the ribald and the are moresex romps than tell stories and introduce characters that you can notonly root for but like. "Easy A" is a welcomed throwback to earlierteen comedies: risqué, but heartfelt.

    In Emma Stone you have a Molly Ringwald for a new generation:relate-able, sexy, funny, sarcastic and lovely shines as Olive, a girlwho leads her best friend (Aly Michalka) to believe she wasn't avirgin. The rumor spreads about her fabled loose ways and spursdifferent reactions from the school population: Brandon (Dan Byrd)wants to use it to his advantage, Marianne (Amanda Bynes) the school'sself-appointed religious leader wants to shame Olive and Olive decidesto run with it for her own gains.

    There are many pluses with this film: A cast of young actors who aretrue actors who can convey the humor and uphold the tone of the film; atruly funny, vibrant script by Bert V. Royal in which not only theteens get to be smart and fully fleshed out characters but the adults(Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as Olive's wry and whimsicalparents are a joy; and Thomas Haden Church whose character is a newspin on the "hip teacher".) as well.

    With Stone as the lead and the only face in the promotional posterpeople may think this is a "chick flick" but this film is for anyonewho just likes a good film.

  2. halliebenfer from Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 11:30 pm

    I attended a free preview of this movie and without having done anyresearch on the movie and just based on a short synopsis, had prettylow expectations walking into the cinema. It's always great coming outof a cinema being pleasantly surprised by an enjoyable movie and that'sexactly what happened! I've always been a fan of fast witty dialogueand this movie definitely delivers! Virtually every character in themovie whether minor or major seems to have something funny to say, andwhile there wasn't a lot of ROFL moments, there were quite a few LOL'sthroughout the movie! To me, it's one of those movies perfect for aFriday night to unwind from work without having to use too many braincells (but enough so that you don't walk out of there thinking you'dwasted your time and intellect!) – it's one of those movies that i'lldefinitely be purchasing on DVD when it comes out!!

  3. Brad from San Diego, CA
    29 Mar 2012, 11:30 pm

    June 2 2010 – saw advanced preview of "Easy A" tonight. Emma Stoneplays sarcasm great in this one, and supporting cast works well withher. Emma also narrates heavily throughout, and though not rolling onthe floor funny, this has the feel of a John Hughes film (even makesreference to him in a longing way). Thomas Haden Church is funny as theonly teacher we really meet, and Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarksonare well cast as the understanding and 60's hippy mentality parents.The crowd I saw it with laughed frequently, and there are a lot of"I've been there" or "I've seen that" moments that you can relate tofrom your own high school. The writing is a little bit above the age -that is to say, you'd be surprised to hear the advanced dialog comingfrom today's teenagers, but this movie worked for me and those with me.Makes for a fun night at the movies. Scheduled for release Sept 172010.

  4. Kurt Kennett from Vancouver, Canada
    29 Mar 2012, 11:30 pm

    Just saw this with my daughter who is 13. She has just recently seenall the John Hughes 80's movies (Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, etc.)and said it felt just like one of them. I couldn't agree more – greatdirection and just a hint of a wacky feel to it. Realistic, fun andinteresting *normal* parents that don't take the world too seriouslyand want to be there for their kid.

    The only parts that didn't hold up was a couple of logistical things(like a girl that good looking not having any guys following heraround, and having a best friend who is such a ditz). All in all thoughthe plot stuck together, was edgy in a few ways, and thoroughlyentertaining. I'd put it on the shelf right next to the John Hughesfilms, and that is a distinguished place indeed.

  5. Stampsfightclub from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 11:30 pm

    Emma Stone stars as Olive, a lonely heart who lies about losing hervirginity to her best friend and soon rumour spreads she is a slut.Initially mortified Olive parades around the school as a slut, wearingan 'A' on her clothing but soon she ends up in trouble.

    Described as "the best teen comedy since Mean Girls" this is a must seebecause quite simply, it is. The comedy variety of clever performances,physical humour and beautiful word play make a combination ofknockabout comedy a treat for anyone over 15 years of age that willentertain you for a glorious hour and a half.

    Emma Stone in her first major leading role excels as a typical but notyet typical teenager going through life's friendship and educationalbattles, and thankfully with a difference. Olive narrates via aninternet blog about how everything came about and her life and schoolreputation changed. Through some original narrative design and comicbrightness audiences are easily engaged into the world of its heroine.

    Stone's performance is indescribably funny. From singing alone in herbedroom to strutting around in revealing clothing and making us laughat the same time has made her a star for the future. One scene whereshe pretends to have it on in a bedroom is very funny and whilstmarketed as a comedy, the inevitable drama sequences show Stone as arock.

    Stone steals the film but thanks to the experience of Stanley Tucci andThomas Haden Church we have an array of comic genius. Tucci has neverbeen funnier.

    The plot boasts some great twists and turns whilst marketing some greatsongs on its soundtrack. The way it separates itself from the normalcomedy, by diversifying itself through visual aids such as the live webblog or plot differentiations makes it one out watch over and overagain.

    A couple of drawbacks include the fact Lisa Kudrow cannot shake thePhoebe tag and the ending is slightly predictable.

    These minor things aside this is a knockabout comedy with a great leadperformance that is certainly worth checking out.

  6. Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA
    29 Mar 2012, 11:30 pm

    Through much of the beginning of "Easy A," you have to find all the'80s teen comedy homages fishy. Maybe director Will Gluck and Burt V.Royal are trying to dress up a classic Hughesian formula with modernbanter and social media references. Then, somewhere near the halfwaypoint, comes the admission. Olive, played by up-and-comer Emma Stone,confesses she wants her life to have a "Sixteen Candles" or "BreakfastClub" or "Say Anything" moment. Ah, and suddenly this is homageterritory — much better. Like the rest of this hip, fun andsurprisingly touching comedy, any time "Easy A" wanders down the pathof cliché, a killer line or great scene nullifies it.

    It all begins and ends with Stone, who can do a little bit ofeverything, which ought to ensure her a long career. She can do typicalteen comedy lead autopilot/earn our sympathy, she can command theimprovisation-like tangential dry humor that has defined the comediesof the last five or so years and she can be the sensitive, fragileMolly Ringwald type. Nothing feels forced or unnatural in herperformance. She seems to be having fun and milking to goofy nature ofRoyal's script.

    More importantly, the reason "Easy A" is so good is because it neverstops being about Olive's story. A high school nobody, Olive lets herbest friend (Alyson Michalka) pressure her into lying about losing hervirginity. The simple lie gets overheard by the super-Christian MissEverybody (Amanda Bynes) and suddenly everyone sees Olive differently,or sees her period. After deciding to embrace the attention as schoolslut (the story reaches here a bit), Olive then starts to pretend tohave sex with guys in need of a reputation boost, which consequentlysullies her own.

    The only real problem with "Easy A" is that there's no good reason tobelieve Stone was this unattractive nobody given her actualattractiveness and the friends she has — and we're supposed to believethat suddenly everyone is interested in her because she lost hervirginity. Gluck tries to spin this into a positive by making it almostcomical how everyone is staring at her or waiting in a perfect line forher to come down the hall, but it's the one scratch in this gem — takeit or leave it. The script and humor and situations that ariseeventually more than make up for this road bump.

    Gluck's filmmaking is hip and common of modern comedy while the writingis clever and spontaneous. For no logical reason, a scene when Olive'sgay friend Brandon (the one she helps first) comes over, Stone andPatricia Clarkson, who plays her mother, do this quick exchange ofpretending they're in the Old South and a boy has come over and askedfor her. Though completely random and a bit forced, they actually workwell at making the characters seem more organic, which is the challengeof most comedies, especially those made today.

    Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as the parents are the comic relief. Whenwas the last time parents in a teen comedy were genuine comic relief?They walk a fine line between wacko and genuinely caring and lovingparents, but it totally works. Two more originally funny parents havedon't exist in any movie. Characters such as the aforementioned bestfriend Rhiannon and Bynes' are more by-the-book as far as being teencomedy stencils, but like every other small flaw with the film, they'recovered up by all the multi-dimesional and more interesting ones.Worthy of mention are school faculty members played by Thomas HadenChurch, Lisa Kudrow and Malcolm MacDowell.

    Most intriguing of all is how the film actually succeeds at findingmoments of genuine drama. A few well-thought-out and creative plottwists introduce an intelligence seemingly foreign to these kinds ofcomedies. The key once again comes from staying focused on Olive'sstory. The film is structured as a retelling with narration from Olive,so it's told in a reflective manner, which ultimately keeps it fromveering off course. It's about Olive wrestling with this lie and herfeelings about how she wants to be perceived, along with herunderstandable pity for the boys who request her "services." Highschool's rough and reputation seems to be everything. Some elements ofthe high-school experience in "Easy A" might be way off, but that'sdead on.

    Although it lacks the intangible innocence of the numerous '80scomedies it references, "Easy A" has a unique and lively spirit of itsown and is the best teen comedy (at least featuring a female, finally!)in years. More importantly, it shows that the modern teenage sense ofhumor and good storytelling don't have to be mutually exclusive.

    ~Steven C

    Visit my site at http://moviemusereviews.com

  7. Terrell Howell (KnightsofNi11) from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:30 pm

    It's always nice to see a comedy that doesn't meander around the samestupid gags insulting my intelligence time and time again. I was veryhappy to see a different kind of teen comedy that was much moresophisticated than the films it branches from and even parodies in manycreative ways. Easy A is about a typical high school girl named Olive(Emma Stone). Olive has never been popular and has never really beennoticed by anyone, and I don't see why considering Emma Stone isabsolutely beautiful but that's beside the point. Anyway, Olive,without thinking things through, starts a little white lie about losingher virginity. This lie spreads to the rumor mill and spreadsthroughout the whole school ridiculously fast, which is one of thebigger themes of this movie that focuses on a lot of the necessaryflaws of high school, one of the most incessantly emotional periods ofour lives. Obviously, the rumor quickly gets out of hand and Olive'sreputation as the school slut grows. Instead of backing down here,Olive exploits the rumor mill for her own social and financial gain, asguys pay her to pretend to have sex with her. The themes and criticismsof high school life in this film are valid, but thankfully they aren'toverbearing and the entire movie becomes a laugh out loud blast.

    First off, the dialouge of Easy A is surprisingly great for a film setaround these kinds of teenage archetypes. It is much more intelligentsophisticated than the typical pandering you hear coming out of themouths of teenagers. It adds a whole new level of respect to the filmthat keeps it very lively and fresh. But the dialouge isn't cocky,thankfully, and I never got the sense the writer was trying boast hiswide vocabulary. He went a totally different route, and used it to theadvantage of more characterization. Olive is much smarter than herpeers and her language reflects that. There are plenty of othercharacters in the film that obviously don't come close to hersophisticated insight into the world and are the true bimbos andairheads. Their dialouge is much more typical of a teenager, and itreflects a very distinct level of characterization that had hilariousresults. Needless to say I felt much smarter watching this film thansome of the other crap I've subjected myself to in recent years.

    Easy A also has a great variety of characters. Olive is already a veryfun character who leads the story perfectly, keeping it interesting allthe way through. But then there are other characters like Amanda Bynesas Marianne, the Christian nut job of the school. It's obvious to seewhere a person who boasts about premarital sex versus a religiouszealot is leading, and these two characters are hilarious to watchinteract with all their snappy and quick witted dialouge. The maleroles are arguably the weakest of the film, but its not as big of adeal when the whole story primarily focuses on the social interactionsbetween high school girls. Gossip is obviously a huge part of thestory. But apart from the younger cast the older cast also fall intosome hilarious roles. Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci play Olive'sparents and there isn't a moment with these two on screen that youaren't laughing your head off. This duo plays off each other so welland it makes for some of the most hysterical scenes of the whole film.Then there are other great adults in the film like Thomas Haden Churchas the fast talking and sarcastic English teacher who you can't helpbut love. Malcolm McDowell even cameos as the school's principal andhas a couple of short but funny scenes. Overall you couldn't ask for amore fitting and entertaining cast.

    Overall, Easy A doesn't provide anything groundbreaking orrevolutionary to the comedy genre, but it is certainly a breath offresh air that keeps my hopes alive for the comedy genre in this agewhere there are so many god awful comedies being released. Easy A isn'tperfect by any stretch of the imagination. The story sort of becomes amess towards the end and it seems to be going off on a lot of randomtangents. And then it is all resolved rather simplistically for how allover the place it was. I also have to say that the moral compass of allthese characters, especially Olive, is pretty out of wack. Some of thedecisions are a little strange and seem ridiculous at times, but Iguess it only reflects the naivety of a teenager, and how much we stillhave to learn. But overall you can't complain too much when you aredelivered an overall satisfying and hilarious experience.

  8. jon.h.ochiai (jochiai@socal.rr.com) from Los Angeles, CA
    29 Mar 2012, 11:30 pm

    According to Emma Stone's Olive, "A is for Awesome." "Easy A" is thefunny smart movie of the year. Director Will Gluck's fresh mashing ofHawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" in this Twitter Age is whimsical,genuine, and hysterical. Emma Stone is absolutely amazing. Writer BertV. Royal's screenplay brilliantly captures the angst and social perilsof kids of this Facebook generation. Royal completes his story withtouching narrative arcs and twists, and a valiant hero in Emma Stone."Easy A" is reminiscent of "Juno" in its clever and biting dialog.Where in "Juno" no one in real life actually speaks with thoserazor-like smarts, "Easy A" is witty and sharp in natural speak.

    Stone's Olive is a smart ass, but never over the top. She is thestraight man, self-aware of the social "no win" she finds herselfimprisoned. During the staged fake tryst, Olive (Stone) locks herselfwith Brandon (exasperated funny Dan Byrd) in a friend's bedroom.Brandon is gay and tormented everyday at school for just being. Olivereluctantly agrees to this public staging to recreate his reputationanew. When Olive removes her thong as part of the theatrics, Brandonfreaks. Olive says, "Do you think I have a gnome down there?" Brandondefends that she is not his type. Duh. Olive surmises could it be: "Ihave a V, not a P." Gluck and Royal orchestrate hysterically. Stone hasnatural impeccable timing. "Easy A" had won me over at this juncture.

    Olive is a smart and decent high school student in Ojai, CA. She isnever in trouble— in fact nearly invisible. Olive gets caught in a lie,to avoid going on a camping trip with her BFF Rhiannon (charminglyspacey Aly Michalka) and her disturbing New Age parents. Olive tellsRhi that she had a one night stand with a college freshman over theweekend—really she was comically alone at home. School ChristianCrusade Leader Marianne (gloriously bitchy Amanda Bynes) overhearsOlive's restroom confession. Literally at the speed of light Tweets andtexts broadcast Olive's promiscuity. Later Marianne tells Olive shewill be judged by a higher power. Olive responds, "Did I just getsaved?"

    "Easy A" opens with Olive's webcast, which is genius. She confesses,"There are 2 sides to every story. This is my side—the right one."Olive's good intentions to resuscitate social outcasts by "fake rockingtheir worlds" soon make her a pariah. She is getting Auto Zone giftcards to have faux sex with boys seeking credibility. Olive's favoriteteacher Mr. Griffith (disguised aloof Thomas Hayden Church) becomesconcerned when she transforms, and wears bus tiers emblazoned with thescarlet letter A. She is reading "The Scarlet Letter" in English class.Also worried is Griffith's Guidance Counselor wife (wacky LisaKudrows). Olive's parents note the red flags. Her Mom (wonderfullyloopy Patricia Clarkson) remarks that she looks like a stripper–albeit "high end" according to her Dad (hysterically wise StanleyTucci).

    However, on a transactional date Olive realizes that someone crossedthe whore line. Fortunately, "Lobster" Todd rescues her. Todd (gentleand strong Penn Badgley) says he dismisses the rumors about Olive. Healways remembers the beautiful 7th grader, who was kind to him. Olivetoo has always been in love Todd, since then. This is thedistinguishing charm of "Easy A". Although Olive is in the adolescentabyss, the people that know her soul like Todd and her parents havefaith in her. In a hilarious dinner scene Olive requests that herparents dismiss the rumors of Chlamydia—apparently no big deal. Evenher Dad tells her vehemently and comically, "I would take a bullet foryou." Her Mom understands completely. While gazing at the stars shetells her daughter that when she too was young she slept with a lot ofpeople—"mostly guys".

    "Easy A" poignantly captures and reminds us of the painful teen angstof fitting in, and just being allowed to be. When overweight dweeb Evan(sympathetic Jameson Moss) begs Olive to say that she had sex with him,she asks him why? Brandon says, "Just look at me." You can see theheartbreak in Stone's visage. While Olive is confronted by picketers,Todd tells her, "Screw all these people, Olive!" Ultimately, "Easy A"gets an "A" for its story about having the courage to take a stand,doing what is right despite what people think. Emma Stone is our heroon this journey. She is cute and has such a radiant spirit. She wins usover whether she is singing "Pocket Full of Sunshine" in the shower orseeing the suffering in her eyes when she realizes that she shatteredthe life of someone dear. "Easy A" is one of the best movies of theyear. It's the kind of movie that is dismissed by the Academy, when itshouldn't. Perhaps, one day.

  9. David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas
    29 Mar 2012, 11:30 pm

    Greetings again from the darkness. This is an obvious (and proud of it)homage to the great teen films of John Hughes. It is updated for thisgeneration of teens – replete with FaceBook, texting and webcam. Whilethis one may not have the fully realized characters of the Hughesfilms, it actually takes things a step further in its commentary onmany topics: family life, parenting, religious zealotry,rumor-mongering and the public education system.

    Writer Bert V. Royal's script delivers an intellectual and comedic lookinto high school life … told through the eyes of the smart,"invisible" girl. Just a brief overview will be offered here so as notto take away from the multiple layers.

    Emma Stone ("Zombieland", "The House Bunny") delivers a star-makingperformance as Olive. Forced into a faux-confession by her best friend,Olive experiences the efficiencies of digital gossip spreading as wordleaks regarding the apparent loss of her "V card". Even though this oneis based in Ojai, California, it's nice to know that high schoolpromiscuity is still met with a certain stigma. Here that stigma iscompared to Hawthorne's expert novel, The Scarlet Letter.

    This sets into action a series of unforeseen events. The school'sreligious nuts, led by Amanda Bynes, take Olive's situation as apersonal affront and spend a great deal of effort trying to punish herfor her sins. At the same time, the geeks and dweebs view Olive astheir savior and proceed to take advantage of the opportunity.

    While she is presented as a very sharp-witted, well-grounded teenager,Olive experiences the enormous power of a reputation. All of this isbalanced out by her extraordinary relationship with her free-spirited,yet wise parents played by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci.

    I can't possibly do justice to the script or the numerous topicsbroached, but I will say that it's a welcome new approach to teenmovies. The usual schlock sex is replaced by sharp quips and realpressures. Do note that the dialogue is filled with much harsh languagethat wouldn't be welcome in an environment other than a high schoolcampus. Further support work is offered by Penn Badgley as the goodguy, Thomas Haden Church as a new world cool teacher, Malcolm McDowellas an old school principal and Lisa Kudrow as a guidance counselor (ina role that gives me permission to feel the disgust I usually feel whenshe is on screen).

    Don't be scared off thinking this is another lousy teen flick. It isinstead an insightful comedy that plays well for adults and teens.While you may not agree with all of the social observations, I believeyou will agree the film is presented in a most entertaining andinsightful manner.

  10. evan_harvey from Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 11:30 pm

    Saw Easy A tonight. It's pretty average. It's a film that had multiplereferences to classic 80's Brat Pack flicks, and so that raises itabove the standard teen movies. Older audiences will get the 80sreferences more than the younger ones. There's quite a few laughs to behad, and some snappy dialogue. The basic idea of the film is good (are-working of The Scarlett Letter, which the film unashamedlyreferences and possibly over-references).

    However, the main problems are ultimately fundamental flaws in thescript. Olive (the smoking hot Emma Stone) is too cool. She's too self-assured, and too smart. It doesn't have the authenticity of teen life,unlike Mean Girls which had it in spades. Olive wasn't the cynicaloutsider the role called for; she was the confident adult narrator.Films that portray the hero coming out stronger at the end work for areason, but the character was the same throughout.

    The end of the film is a love story and fixes everything in only a fewscenes, but it's tacked on, and felt contrived. The core of the film isthe 'Scarlett Letter' concept, and it's a clever concept, but it kindof got muddled anywhere outside that. Olive's character didn't reallysuffer any great despair (at least the drew any empathy), so the ending(where she miraculously found love in about 5 minutes) was more amarriage of convenience than one of passion.

    Overall, it was a strong film. Very confident, witty and well-paced. Atthe end though, it was just souless. No real losses or triumphs, nocharacter development. Olive was just as smart and self-confident atthe beginning as she was at the end. The audience didn't cheer Olivethrough the rough times because there weren't any that felt rough. Wedidn't really care that she hooked up with a decent guy at the end, asthat subplot was woefully malnourished and not given any realdevelopment time.

    Commercially? Okay. Artistically? Disappointing. It could have been thenext Clueless or Mean Girls, but kind of wasted it's potential.

    Worth seeing if there'e not much else on, and definitely worth seeingfor Emma Stone in tiny blue shorts.

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