Directed by Will Gluck
Quick Synopsis… Ambitious student Olive decides to boost her popularity by pretending to be the school slut. As the swirling rumor mill increases both her notoriety and her finances, Olive enjoys her newfound status but eventually must decide if it’s all worth it.
- I’m not sure I like how the synopsis there (which came from Netflix) describes the reason for Olive to pretend to be the school slut.
- I’ve seen this a few times and never once did I get the impression that it happened so she could be more popular.
- It started with a lie so she could get out of going camping with her best friend’s family.
- That lie grew, and it spread, as lies in high school tend to do.
- It sure seems like this is a creative homage to The Scarlet Letter. But I can’t say it’s an adaptation in the same way that 10 Things I Hate About You is an adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew.
- But who am I to doubt. I haven’t read The Scarlet Letter since high school.
- And I never saw the Demi Moore movie, but I’d be willing to bet Easy A is a better adaptation of the story.
- Anyway, when Olive (Emma Stone) lies to her best friend, Rhiannon (Aly Michalka), about losing her virginity to someone who doesn’t actually exist in the girls’ bathroom, she’s overheard by Mary Anne (Amanda Bynes).
- Mary Anne is the kind of super judgmental Christian who gives Christianity a bad name. And the rumor spreads. Because what super judgmental Christian doesn’t spread gossip?
- And then we’re introduced to Olive’s parents, played by Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson. They are my favorite movie parents. Ever.
- Every scene they’re in is gold.
- Olive has an adopted, African-American younger brother. In a conversation about people in the family being late bloomers, he says, “Why should that matter? I’m adopted.”
- The dad’s reaction is priceless. Without missing a beat, he yells, “WHAT?!” Then he complains that they were going to have that conversation as a family when the time was right.
- Honestly, there is so much hilarious dialogue thrown into this movie. It’s worth watching for the script alone.
- Olive’s newfound status in school leads to trouble when she verbally retaliates against one of Mary Anne’s disciples.
- I won’t repeat what Olive said. It’s pretty bad.
- But it lands her in detention with a kid who is being picked on because he’s gay.
- Eventually, he talks Olive into pretending to have sex with him at a classmate’s weekend bash to save his reputation.
- This begins a long string of favors that Olive does for various young men at the school.
- Before it’s all over, Olive loses her best friend, becomes best friends with Mary Anne for about two seconds, gets accused of giving a guy chlamydia to save a teacher’s marriage… it gets bad for Olive.
- Wait… another scene with the little brother…
- “I got a B+ on my spelling test today!”
- Mom responds, “That’s great, but everything has spellcheck these days.”
Y’all, this really is a good movie. It proved that Emma Stone can carry the lead all on her own. Come back tomorrow for my F movie. Can you guess what it is this time? Want a hint again? I feel like saying it involves baseball will give it away. But there you go.
Have you seen Easy A? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!