Has anyone seen (or even heard of) Easy A? I never heard of this movie until we were surfing the tube a couple of nights back. As soon as K saw a delectable redhead, he lingered long enough that we soon got engrossed in the story.
Easy A is a light and easy movie to watch. It’s along the lines of Mean Girls, Clueless, and so on. Olive Penderghast is a lonely high-schooler. She is a bright, slightly nerdy, and witty girl who somehow is an outsider who is generally ignored by all in school (slightly difficult to believe), as this is what she looks like…
One day, she lies about an imaginary one-night stand with a college grad to her friend. The news then spreads like wildfire in her school and she is soon branded as a scarlet woman. Co-incidentally, their class is also doing a project on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and Olive starts to identify with and understand the character of Hester Prynne in the novel. As an act of rebellion, Olive sews the letter “A” on to risque pieces of clothing and wears it proudly. When her English teacher asks why she’s wearing the letter, Olive smirks and says, “Oh, it’s for awesome.”
While she’s now shunned by the girls, the boys start to flock around her. One gay boy requests her to pretend to sleep with him so that people don’t mock him for his sexuality. She agrees and soon opens a Pandora’s box of such requests. What happens next? How does she deal with her notoriety? That forms the rest of the story.
I really enjoyed this movie. It’s fun, light, and not too silly. The story is a bit predictable, and in places, I simply had to roll my eyes in disbelief, but Emma Stone carries off the silliest dialogues and scenes with a lot of charm and charisma. This girl is a pretty accomplished comedian.
I also loved Amanda Bynes in the film. She plays the role of a prudish Christian girl who spearheads the smear campaign against Olive. Lisa Kudrow also rocks in her small, but impactful role.
All together, it was a very enjoyable friday evening watching this movie. I would not have bothered to watch this on the big screen, but it makes for entertaining TV-time 🙂