My sister bought me Easy A on DVD for Christmas and I’ve already watched it three times in the past week. Hands down, one of my favorite movies. Emma Stone is, without a doubt, one of my new favorite actresses (right up there with Anna Faris).
Not wanting to spend the weekend with her pesky “best friend” Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka), Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone), lies to her, telling her that she has a date with one of her brother’s friends from college. In reality, she’s doing the following (one of my favorite scenes):
Upon returning to school after the weekend, Rhiannon (Rhi) asks Olive how the date went. Rhi proceeds to nag Olive about the weekend, asking if she lost her virginity to this imaginary guy. Fed up, Olive admits to losing her virginity (when she really didn’t) just to make Rhi shut up. Marianne (Amanda Bynes), a devout Christian student, overhears Olive and Rhi gossiping in the bathroom and quickly spreads this false rumor. Due to her religious beliefs, Marianne strongly disapproves of what she thinks Olive did, and aims to make Olive’s life a living hell. Olive tries to explain to Marianne that she misunderstood what she heard in the bathroom, but there’s no convincing her.
Olive perpetuates the rumor by pretending to have sex (again) with her gay friend Brandon (Dan Byrd) to make people think he was straight. Boys begin to find out the truth about Olive and Brandon, and they proceed to offer Olive money (usually in the form of gift cards) to pretend they “hooked up” to make them look better.
Olive continues to do these favors for the boys at her school because she secretly enjoys the attention she’s getting from it. She proceeds to wear a red “A” embroidered on her clothing, inspired by The Scarlet Letter, a book that her English class is reading. Olive’s stunt seems harmless at first, but things start to get messy. As Olive helps numerous boys’ reputations, her reputation seems to get tainted throughout the process. To see what I’m talking about, you’ll have to watch and see for yourself! Will Olive be able to redeem herself?
Easy A is such an amazing movie. Like I said before, Emma Stone is a fantastic actress… There’s just something about her that’s so funny and natural at the same time. I also wanted to give a shout out to Olive’s parents, Rosemary (Patricia Clarkson) and Dill (Stanley Tucci). They were hysterical… I wish they were part of my extended family. This is one of those movies that you find yourself laughing out loud and quoting the entire time. I give Easy A 5/5 stars! If you haven’t seen it, add it to the top of your list of must-see movies!