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Easy A (2010)



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.

Movie Info

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, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Bert V. Royal
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 2010
Box Office: $58.4M
Sony Pictures/Screen Gems - Official Site


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 E. Braddy
as Melody Bostic
David Gore
as Pre-Teen Kid
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
D'Anthony Wayne Palm...
as Josh Wisniewski
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Critic Reviews for Easy A

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (36)

This film is just pure escapism and doesn't even hint at any practical solution to the widespread problem of bullying among youths.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

(WIll Gluck) captures today's high school soul with the same resourcefulness as (John) Hughes did in Ferris Beuller's Day Off. It's not quite as endearing, but it's a helluva good start.

Full Review… | July 11, 2015
Film Threat

Easy A transcends the mold of teenage cautionary tales while still providing some serious laughs and genuine moments. It has a wildly fresh script that keeps you laughing throughout and Emma Stone is great in the lead role.

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

What we get is a surprisingly funny film that has some charm to it, which is not something you hear applied to comedies all that often.

Full Review… | September 23, 2012

This is the film where Stone really established herself not only as a star but as an engaging and charismatic actress

Full Review… | August 30, 2011
The National

A star-making performance by Emma Stone centers this humorous look at rumor mongering and the modern high school experience.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Easy A


Emma Stone (Zombieland, Superbad) does a great job as Olive. Loved this movie reminded me of many of comedies of the 80's. The directors love of 80's high school flicks is abundantly clear and it shines through in a fun movie.

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