Easy A – Review

Genre     Teen, Comedy
Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour
Starring Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church,  Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Aly Michalka,
Released on   September 11, 2010 (TIFF), September 17, 2010 (United States)
Duration 92 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 9/10
Channel Netflix

Easy A has got to be one of my favorite movies of all time. I can say without a shadow of doubt, this is one of Emma Stone’s most memorable performances alongside La La Land. I love her and so I may be a bit biased but this isn’t a movie to miss!

The movie is loosely based on the novel ‘The Scarlet Letter’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It’s garnered loads of positive reviews since it’s release and has overall become a classic alongside giants like Mean Girls and She’s All That.

In a world where a woman’s virginity is considered her symbol of purity, where a man is praised for his sexual prowess but a woman is called a ‘skank’ or a ‘whore’ or a ‘slut’, Easy A brings a hilarious take on this ironic situation.

Olive (Emma Stone) is a good student. She listens to her classes, respects her teachers, doesn’t go wild with dating and loves her parents. She’s sweet and doesn’t usually put a toe out of line. That’s all washed away when she lies to her friend, Rhiannon (Aly Michalka) about losing her virginity to a college boy who doesn’t exist (hey she was under pressure!).

Another girl, Marianne (Amanda Bynes) overhears them talking and decides to spread the story like wildfire. Marianne is a devout Christian and with the school’s church group she decides to make Olive their next project. They shame her publicly and besmirch her reputation. They call her names in hallways, throw indirects towards her in class and make her life a living hell.

Olive decides to confide in a friend, Brandon about the truth, telling him that she never actually had sex. He says he gets it because he’s bullied for being gay as well. But, he later asks her to pretend to sleep with him so that he can gain some popularity as a ‘straight stud’. Olive agrees. This leads to loads of other unpopular boys who never spoke to her before asking her to pretend she slept with them in exchange for small gifts. Olive feels bad for them (she’s honestly got a heart of gold okay?) and agrees.

After a while though, Olive reaches her tipping point with all the catcalling and shaming and decides to sassily accept her new identity as a ‘dirty skank’. She walks around at school scantily clothed and sews a red ‘Á’ onto her dress, referencing ‘The Scarlet Letter’ that her literature class is currently reading. She’s full of scorn for anyone who speaks to her and it’s beautiful watching her go full out fierce queen mode.

When a boy, Anson pays her to actually sleep with him, she feels violated. She leaves humiliated, bumping into her old crush, Todd. He tells her that he never believed the rumors because she did the same for him when he asked her to pretend they had kissed when he wasn’t ready. This subtle reminder of true friendship touches Olive and she has a change of heart.

She starts by asking everyone she lied for to help her in telling the truth, but it’s not easy and things go from bad to worse when the school church group begins harassing her to get her to leave the school. You’ve got to give the girl credit though, she doesn’t lose her spirit.

Olive decides to tell her story via a webcast (the movie) concluding with the fact that if and when she loses her virginity, it will never be anyone’s business.

I love the movie, it leaves me breathless from laughter and I feel for Olive, I really do. It’s hard being a high school student, even harder when you’re a female. If you don’t sleep with anyone you’re a prude and if you do you’re a slut. It’s a crap situation either way. But Easy A breathes life into a shit situation making it lighter.

Go stream Easy A, it’s funny, adorable and it’ll leave a smile on your face for sure!

Video Credits – YouTube

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