“Easy A” is excitingly scandalous
“Easy A” grabs the attention of many “Not with a fizzle, but with a BANG!”
Screen Gems’ “Easy A” provides sarcasm, wit and scandalous behavior that keep the audience begging for more. And for some viewers, the cast is easy on the eyes.
The film begins with Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone from “Zombieland”) explaining her side of the story to her video camera. Her life as an outcast is brought before your eyes by a shove to the ground and disgraceful words from her religious rival, Marianne (Amanda Bynes from “Hairspray.”)
Olive tells a white lie to her best friend Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka from “Hellcats”) stating she lost her virginity over the weekend. Rhiannon quickly gets the word around school and all the sudden, all eyes are on Olive. Things take a turn for the worse when a classmate suggests to Olive the need to embroider a red ‘A’ on her wardrobe in lieu of their class discussion of “The Scarlet Letter.” Surprising everyone, she proudly struts through the school in custom lingerie with a bright red “A” sewed on all her tops.
In awe of her new fame, Olive decides to help a bullied gay student by pretending to have sex with him at a party. Whether she wanted it or not, Olive was open for business. She exchanges her “services” for gift cards while being constantly demeaned by her peers and counselor. Mrs. Griffith (Lisa Kudrow from “Friends”) plays the role of the not-too-guiding guidance counselor, disregarding Olive’s story and handing her condoms to prevent her from “making a mistake.”
Amongst all the people calling her a dirty skank and holding up signs displaying Exodus 20:14, “You shall not commit adultery,” the school mascot and Olive’s ongoing crush, Woodchuck Todd, (Penn Badgley from “Gossip Girl”) is the only one that takes her side of the story.
“Easy A” has the drama and intrigue of a regular teen movie, but its language and sexual content make its PG-13 rating a cause for concern. It might be considered a little too racy for younger viewers and parents would be shocked to hear their kids repeating lines from this movie. However, the creative characters and hilarious one-liners make this movie a must see of the season.