Comedy - This is a teen comedy with a sexually suggestive premise. As such,
the film, while rated PG-13, is not appropriate for children. Fans of
star Emma Stone will have plenty to savor here though a number of the
other recognizable stars, from Lisa Kudrow to Amanda Bynes, have
PROFANITY: 20 S0words, 8 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Constant sex talk and humor; fleeting non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: A coule of hits. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol drinking, including by teens. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Constant verbal humor, mostly sex-related.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 50 moviegoers:
TEENS:OUTSTANDING REVIEWS! Nearly all the females gave "Easy A" their highest rating. The five males also loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Great reviews from both the males and females.
ADULTS:The male reviews are very mixed. One loved it, one rated it above average, another rated it average and one rated it below average. The female reviews are great. Three-quarters of them loved it. Only a very small percentage were disappointed.
Olive Penderghast (EMMA STONE) was a typical high school girl, until she decided
to be, well, A-typical.
I mean, what's your average, everyday girl to do when her popular,
detail-seeking best friend Rhiannon (ALY MICHALKA) wants the 411 on Olive's
weekend, and the boring reality is nothing to brag about? Can't a non-entity, a
perceived zero, an anonymous girl like Olive tell a little white lie if it gives
her just a tiny taste of that magical prize sought by every teenager:
Some status updates, however, just cannot be contained, especially when Marianne
(AMANDA BYNES), Ojai High School's very own Tammy Faye Bakker, overhears Olive's
words. Soon, rumors of Olive's promiscuity are being greatly exaggerated.
Within minutes, the student body is all a-twitter, linked-in and face-booked
over Olive's supposed indiscretions. While it's not necessarily the kind of
notoriety Olive was looking for, becoming the center of attention proves to be
tantalizingly addictive, so much so that Olive decides not to deny the rumors.
In fact, she embraces them, further playing the part by sporting a sexy new look
and biting new attitude. After all, she knows the real truth, and her
non-judgmental parents (STANLEY TUCCI, PATRICIA CLARKSON) trust her. So she's
not really hurting anyone, is she?
Sure, her favorite English teacher Mr. Griffith (THOMAS HADEN CHURCH) feels the
need to express his well-meaning concern, while his wife, the school guidance
counselor (LISA KUDROW), offers her own brand of advice and protection. But the
spotlight feels pretty good to Olive, who even devises a creative use of her
newfound reputation to help some of her status-challenged fellow students,
including fellow peer pressure victim Brandon (DAN BYRD).
As her story continues to mutate and take on a life of its own, Olive can't help
but begin to identify with the notorious plight of the classic literary
character Hester Prynne from "The Scarlet Letter," the book she just happens to
be studying in Mr. Griffith's class.
But when Olive begins losing control of the raging rumors, she finds it's not
all that easy to put out a wildfire. Unless she's able to clear things up, other
people's lives are going to suffer greatly as a consequence.