Easy A


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

Easy A

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…

Emma Stone Shines in Easy A

Emma Stone Shines in Easy A

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.

My Review

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 🙂

9 Responses
  • jacquelynmoore
    September 25, 2011

    I went into this movie not expecting to like it and I ended up loving it; it’s very funny, and although the situation is rather atypical, I think that the feeling of being an outsider as well as being subject to rumors is something that most teenagers, and people who were at one time teenagers, can relate to.

  • Laura
    September 9, 2011

    I also enjoyed the movie, for much the same reason! It was a thoughtful take on those teen challenges, but it was also fun.

  • Steph
    September 6, 2011

    Saw this at the drive-in theater with my husband and parents and loved it. I didn’t know much about it going in, but it was so funny (though I find it hard to believe that someone as pretty as Emma Stone would be an outcast). I loved its snarky sense of humor, especially when it came to the parents! Good good stuff.

  • Crunchy Urbanite
    September 5, 2011

    Great review. 🙂

  • Ben
    September 4, 2011

    The movie is a chick-flick, as you said, like Mean Girls. However, Easy A is way out of the league of today’s chick-flick. Its not something cheesy.

    I thought Amanda Bynes was a bit off. I don’t know. I’m not used to see her in an anti-climatic character plus she looks weird in the movie. :]

  • Sarah/sawcat
    September 3, 2011

    I really liked this one. Its a very atypical high school set movie. I love Olive’s relationship with her family. Stanly Tucci was pretty great in this too.

  • the picky girl
    September 3, 2011

    Ok, you are the third (literary) person who has said they liked this one. I need to hunt it down. Great review!

  • Julie @ Read Handed
    September 3, 2011

    I love this movie! To me, it is better than both Mean Girls and Clueless because Emma Stone’s character (heck that whole family) is fantastic. She’s got a believable intelligence that is usually lacking in teen movies. Usually if you’re smart in a movie, you’re a “nerd”, but this movie showed a smart, strong girl who is also pretty and outgoing.

    • Nish
      September 3, 2011

      @Julie: Oh, yes. I loved her family and I wish I could have seen more of the dog as well :D. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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