Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) is a straight-A student at school, works hard and lives quiet. After lying to her best friend Rhiannon Abernathy (Aly Michalka) about her plans to get out of camping with Rhia and her hippy parents, telling her she has a hot date. Instead she has a quiet and lonely weekend at home. At school, Rhi pushes Olive to “admit” that she had sex with the guy. Eventually Olive relents and lies, agreeing with Rhi. Unfortunately the lie is overheard by Bible-thumper Marianne Bryant (Amanda Bynes), who promptly spreads the word that Olive has been sleeping around. Sick of it all eventually, Olive tells Brandon (Dan Byrd) the truth, who sympathises, though asks Olive to pretend to have sex with him so that people will stop bullying him about their suspicions that he is gay. She relents.
Marianne’s little conservative church group decides that they need to save Olive’s soul. Rhi and Olive have massive fallout seeing as Rhi does not believe Olive when she says that nothing really happened, and Rhi pinpoints Olive’s new identity as “dirty skank”. Olive is wounded by this, but decides that if that is what she is being labelled, she may as well look the part. Her wardrobe undergoes a massive change, and soon she sets up shop to lie to people about her sexual indiscretion with other students in exchange for money, vouchers or anything else they are willing to trade for the status. Her reputation is steadily becoming worse, looking a lot like the book The Scarlet Letter’s heroine, who bore her shunning from society with grace. Olive even stitches the “A” from the story onto her new dodgy wardrobe. Her mother Rosemary (Patricia Clarkson) and father Dill (Stanley Tucci) wonder if they should be concerned about their daughter.
Her favourite teacher Mr Griffith (Thomas Haden Church) is worried about her, and makes it known that she should be careful, but that he knows she is faking the entire affair. Olive is progressively becoming unhappy with her new status and how she is being ostracized by the school. The boy she has been crazy about for years, “Woodchuck” Todd (Penn Badgley), appears not to care what the issues everyone has with Olive are, and still seems to like her. She is in no place to deal with her emotions for him, but needs to do something about her status. Mr Griffith has his wife, Mrs Griffith (Lisa Kudrow), the guidance counsellor, talk to Olive. It later comes out that Mrs Griffith has been sleeping with Marianne’s twenty-one-year-old boyfriend Micah (Cam Gigandet), contracts chlamydia. Olive is naturally the one to take the fall and Marianne wages war on Olive.
Will Olive ever be able to get her original reputation back or will she forever be the school bicycle, even though she hasn’t ever slept with anybody? Will Rhi ever believe her that she was innocent and just got carried away? Will Olive really forevermore shoulder the blame for an STD she has never had? Will she and Woodchuck Todd ever have something between them, despite what the entire school thinks?
A solid 7.5/10 for Easy A. It took me so long to see this which is, on one hand, a pity and on the other a great thing. I am not really into comedies, but every now and then you get a good one. One that is sharp and witty and doesn’t take itself too seriously or try too hard. Easy A was that one for me. I thoroughly enjoy Emma Stone, so to watch a film where she is leading lady is excellent. Olive is smart and intelligent and has an incredibly good sense of humour and Emma Stone brings out those qualities really well. I must say though that I can see how she got so flat about the reputation she had garnered, though how/why the hell she let it get so out of hand is beyond me. Amanda Bynes cracked me up, definitely the kind of person that I would stay hundreds of kilometres away from – what a nutcase and a silly bitch (yep, gonna put it out there just like that). It is a feel good movie to watched an A student go on to be the town bicycle, if only by reputation, and take it to a certain extent. The relationship between her and Woodchuck Todd was quite sweet, and that he was the one that stood by her no matter what is pretty awesome. The way she embraced her role as the scarlet woman was terrible, though she rocked it. Olive’s family was definitely entertaining for me, and the banter that went on between them was truly crazy and funny. Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci played their parent roles so well. I like Easy A, it was a fun movie that did not take the romance in it to extremes or make it the central point, only something that becomes evident later. Before that it is all about Olive and the silly mistakes that she makes that will take her to where she is. I definitely enjoyed this one.