Movie Review: easy A (2010)

Easy A (Official Movie Poster)

Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) is invisible at school until one little lie changes everything. To have an excuse not to go camping with her best friend Rhiannon (Aly Michalka) she says that she has a date the weekend with an older guy. The next week Rhiannon keeps asking if Olive slept with the guy and eventually she lies and says yes to shut Rhiannon up. Marianne Bryant (Amanda Bynes) overhears the conversation and starts spreading the rumors around school that Olive is a slut. Marianne is the leader of their high school’s annoying religious click and sets out to “help” Olive. Marianne dates Micah (Cam Gigandet), a 22-year old senior with peanuts for brains who is having an affair with the school counselor, Mrs. Griffith (Lisa Kudrow), Mr. Griffith’s wife.

Olive gets detention from her favorite teacher Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church) when she calls Nina Howell (Mahaley Hessam) a twat. She cleans bathrooms as punishment with her friend Brandon (Dan Byrd) and he admits to being gay and how difficult it is to be gay in school. She sympathizes and tells him to take matters into his own hands to get people to stop teasing him. Brandon gets the idea that he and Olive should pretend to have sex at a party to convince everyone he is straight. Olive eventually agrees because she really feels sorry for him. They pretend to have sex (loudly while everyone is listening outside of the door) and Brandon restores his status at school.

Rhiannon calls Olive when she hears the news and it becomes obvious that she is jealous over Olive’s new notoriety. Olive gets angry and decides to embrace her new “tramp” identity. She channels her anger with the help of the book their English class is reading, the Scarlet Letter, and sews an “A” to all her new risqué outfits.

Olive soon starts taking money for “sleeping” with unpopular boys, increasing their status. All hell breaks loose when Micah is tested positive for chlamydia and blames Olive. Olive agrees to take the blame to spare Mr. Griffith, who doesn’t deserve to have his wife’s philandering ways become known. Marianne is furious and her clique, which Rhiannon has now joined, begins campaigning to have Olive thrown out of school.

Olive finally becomes depressed. She is sad that every guy was willing to pay to say they had slept with her but none of them even thought of taking her on a real date. When Andon (Jake Sandvig) asks her out, she feels that the tides are turning. On their date at the lobster shack Rhiannon sees them and just gets angrier because she’s liked him forever. Andon, however, seems to think that Olive will really sleep with him for money and tries to kiss her. She storms away, and her friend Todd (Penn Badgley) makes her home. He tells her that he doesn’t believe the rumors and that he knows she isn’t sleeping with everyone, and also that Rhiannon kissed him – which means Rhiannon went after Olive’s childhood sweetheart.

Olive decides to try and get her life back, but Brandon ran away with a guy and Micah was sent to his grandparents as punishment. Mrs. Griffith refuses to come clean as well, telling Olive no one will believe her story because she is the school tramp. Olive tells Mr. Griffith the truth, and he believes her and leaves his wife.

Olive hatches a brilliant plan with Todd and does a song and dance at a school rally where she invites everyone to go watch her live broadcast from her webcam where she will “do-it” with Todd. Instead, she tells her true story to the entire school, ruining everyone’s reputations as studs. She texts Rhiannon apologizing for lying to her. After finishing her webcast, Todd fetches her on a lawnmower and they ride off into the sunset together.

Rating: 7.5/10

Easy A was hilariously funny. It has a unique story – not sleeping around but pretending you did and still getting burned – and delightfully focuses on all the many personalities in high school that has issues existing. The pompous Jesus-freak was excellently done by Amanda Bynes (sad sigh), which I might add was one of her best performances I’ve ever seen. The gay guy who is struggling to survive amidst jackasses, the girl desperate to be popular no matter what (I really wanted to slap Rhiannon) and the poor teachers who are in control of them made up for a pretty entertaining time.

Emma Stone is as awesome as always. She is really talented and very funny when she wants to be. I haven’t ever watched one of her movies that I didn’t enjoy. Also, I have serious hair envy every time I see her.

The movie is unique and fun and recommended to everyone.

Have you seen it? Thoughts?