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Easy A (2010)

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Critic Consensus: It owes a huge debt to older (and better) teen comedies, but Easy A proves a smart, witty showcase for its irresistibly charming star, Emma Stone.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is re-imagined as a contemporary high school comedy in this tale of a scheming student who plots to give her popularity a boost by painting herself the easiest lay in school. Like most high school kids, Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) just wants to be popular. So much so than when her best friend, Rhiannon (Aly Michalka), asks Olive how her weekend went, the bored teen decides to whip up a spicy white lie just to make things interesting. But that minor exaggeration begins to take on a life of its own when it reaches the ears of motor-mouth gossip Jesus freak Marianne (Amanda Bynes), and in no time the entire student body is abuzz over unassuming Olive's unrepentant weekend of debauchery. Of course not a word of it is true, but that doesn't stop everyone in school from talking, and an amused Olive from deciding to go with the flow. Playing the role of the hussy to the hilt, the girl who used to be invisible begins dressing provocatively and turning heads in the hallways. The students aren't the only ones taking notice, either; Olive's English teacher, Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church), is concerned that the kind of attention she's receiving isn't healthy for a developing girl, and his wife (Lisa Kudrow), the school guidance counselor, is in full agreement. The only people who seem remotely interested in the truth are Olive's trusting and open-minded parents (Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson). As Olive takes note of the parallels between her own situation and the plight of the Scarlet Letter heroine Hester Prynne, she realizes that she may be able to manipulate her newfound notoriety to give fellow classmate Brandon's (Dan Byrd) popularity a much-needed shot in the arm. Olive never thought her little game could possibly have any negative effect on anyone but herself, but when loose lips start sinking ships all around her, she realizes that it's high time for the truth to come out. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Emma Stone
as Olive Penderghast
Penn Badgley
as Woodchuck Todd
Amanda Bynes
as Marianne
Dan Byrd
as Brandon
Thomas Haden Church
as Mr. Griffith
Lisa Kudrow
as Mrs. Griffith
Malcolm McDowell
as Principal Gibbons
Juliette Goglia
as Eighth Grade Olive
Morgan Rusler
as Mr. Abernathy
Nikki Tyler-Flynn
as Mrs. Abernathy
Braeden Lemasters
as Eighth Grade Kid
Blake Hood
as Kennedy Peters-Booth
Stacey Travis
as Marianne's Mom
Bonnie Burroughs
as Micah's Mom
Eddie Applegate
as Micah's Grandfather
Norma Michaels
as Micah's Grandmother
Yolanda Snowball
as Receptionist
Johanna Braddy
as Melody Bostic
David Gore
as Pre-Teen Kid
Lalaine
as Gossipy Girl
Chris De Lorenzo
as Spectator in the Gym
Nancy Karr
as Singing Server
Clay Black
as Singing Server
Brad Etheridge
as Singing Server
Michael Strauss
as Singing Server
Max Crumm
as Pontius
Jessica Jann
as Jezebel
Danni Katz
as Harlot
Jason Kropik
as Mortimer
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Stone gives a terrific performance, her knowing drawl implying intellect and indifference with underlying warmth.

October 20, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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As for Emma Stone, she didn't have to win me over. She conquered me from the first A.

September 21, 2010 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
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Easy A belongs in the company of Election, Heathers, and Mean Girls -- all motion pictures that have outlived their theatrical lives because they have unique voices and use them to say something.

September 19, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
ReelViews
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Any movie that quotes Mark Twain, excerpts John Hughes and employs a singeing British cussword normally unheard in PG-13 high school comedies - that's all right, too. More than all right. Easy A might not ace it, but it scores a solid B.

September 17, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Houston Chronicle
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An extremely witty, inventive, sweet and perceptive coming-out party for Emma Stone.

September 17, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Detroit News
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A gem of a turn by Emma Stone as high school student Olive Penderghast makes this tale of a girl, gossip and independence a smart and self-aware hoot in the tradition of the teen flicks of the 1980s.

September 17, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
Denver Post
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narrating movie + smart Joke. Teen comedies should be like this. actually half of the movie similar with my life, but I don't know how to end it.

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