A clean-cut high school student relies on the school’s rumor mill to
advance her social and financial standing.
After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out,
a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne’s
in “The Scarlet Letter,” which she is currently studying in school
- until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and
Easy A is a 2010 teen romantic comedy movie written by Bert V. Royal,
directed by Will Gluck, and starring Emma Stone. Partially inspired
by the novel The Scarlet Letter, the film was shot at Screen Gems
studios and in Ojai, California. Screen Gems distributed with a
release on September 17, 2010. It will come out on Blu-Ray & DVD
Tuesday, December 21, 2010.
The film opens with Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) talking into a
web cam about how her little white lie ballooned into an uncontrollable
monster. She says she will explain her side, the true side of what
occurred. She says that she was a nobody that no one noticed outside
her best friend Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka). Rhiannon wants to go
camping with Olive but Olive lies and says she is going on a date.
In reality, she just hangs around the house all weekend singing
“Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield.
The following Monday, pressed by Rhiannon, Olive lies about
losing her virginity to a college guy. Marianne (Amanda Bynes), an
overly enthusiastic Christian, overhears her telling the lie and soon
it spreads like wildfire.
The school has a conservative teen church group run by Marianne who
decides that Olive will be their next project. The group’s harassment
disguised as concern comes to head at an English class run by Mr.
Griffith (Thomas Haden Church). The class happens to be reading The
Scarlet Letter, a novel about adultery and shame. When one of the
girls from the church group makes a side comment at Olive, Olive
shoots back one of her own. This gets her sent to the principal’s
office and Olive is given detention. It is there she sees her
classmate Brandon walking out of the office with a bloodied nose.
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