Easy A stars Emma Stone (Zombieland) as Olive, Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl) as Woodchuck Todd, Amanda Bynes (What I Like About You) as Marianne, Dan Byrd (Cougar Town) as Brandon, Thomas Haden Church as Mr. Griffith, and Alyson Michalka (Hellcats) as Rhiannon.
If you know the story of the Scarlet Letter than you know the rough plot of Easy A, but that does not mean you should pass on this movie. Easy A is a fun twist on the old tale of the harlett who is not quite the harlett everyone thinks she is.
Olive’s journey into being the “ho” of her school starts with good intentions. Brandon is being bullied for being gay and he sees his only way out as going straight, or at least appearing that way. Olive agrees, for a small fee, to assist in this by pretending to sleep with him at a party. Everything goes according to plan and Olive is the talk of the school and the object of every guys affection. Things go down hill when she starts agreeing to help out every loser in the school in need of a confidence boost. Word gets out she is “doing” these guys for money and she is now the school whore. The story goes pretty obvious from here, with Woodchuck Todd take the role of guy who loved her since grade school and has never believed she was a whore and Marianne taking the role as holier than thou enemy.
Some great acting by Emma Stone and Thomas Haden Church really bring this movie up from common teen romp to something just a little bit more. If you saw the Mandy Moore in Saved! you are going to feel that Amanda Bynes is just rehashing that role—and she is, but you can easily move past that.
S: If it hadn’t wrapped up so predictably I would be willing to give this five stars but as it stands I’m going to have to go with 3 1/2 out of 5 Scarlett Letters.
E: I liked the movie until she took up for the guidance counselor. At that point I thought the story was ridiculous. The ending was predictable and in the end satisfying. I give it 3 out of 5 Scarlett Letters.
Check it out in theaters, it will be worth your money.