Plot synopsis (from the studio): After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne’s in “The Scarlet Letter,” which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.
Warning: Spoilers below!
- Emma Stone was extremely likable as Olive. Obviously, this was important to the success of the movie, as the audience needed to be behind her from the start.
- Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson were hilarious as Olive’s parents! While I didn’t find their relationship with Olive to be the least bit believable, I still thought their dynamic was cute in an “only in the movies” kind of way.
- I liked that Olive was smart, but that she still ran into unforeseen consequences of her actions. Too many times writers have the protagonist 10 steps ahead of everyone else, which is not realistic at all (especially for a high school student).
- None of the primary actors looked like high school students. At. All. I know that the actors are ALWAYS older for these types of roles, but they’re not supposed to LOOK older. Everyone here actually looked to be in their 20’s, with Dan Byrd appearing far older than everyone else (whether he actually is or not).
- Why would Olive agree to help the English teacher’s wife cover up her affair with a student? Olive justified it by saying the English teacher was her favorite, but if that were truly the case, wouldn’t she want him to know that his wife was a lying, cheating ho? (Hey, that rhymed!)
- This film was pretty predictable in a lot of places (it was clear that Olive and the mascot would hook up by the end, that she would get duped by a fake “date”, etc.). I guess that’s just part of the teen flick formula, though.
I rented this movie after seeing Emma Stone do a lot of interviews for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which made me want to check out her other work). While I thought Easy A was mostly entertaining and had some truly funny lines, it’s probably not something I could sit through again. I give it 3 stars out of 5.