Easy A is a 2010 American romantic teen comedy film directed by Will Gluck and produced by Zanne Devine and Will Gluck. The screenplay was written by Bert V. Royal.
Rated: PG-13 (movie contains mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material)
Run Time: 1h 32min
Release Date: September 17, 2010 (USA)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Teen
Director: Will Gluck
Studio: Screen Gems
Easy A stars Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Tucci, Fred Armisen, Aly Michalka and Johanna Braddy.
Easy A is the story of Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone), a clean-cut 17 year old high school student in Ojai, California. Prompted by Rhiannon (Aly Michalka), her popular best friend to spill details of her boring weekend, Olive decides to spice things up by telling a little white lie about losing her virginity to a fictional college freshman. When the high school religious fanatic busybody Marianne (Amanda Bynes) overhears the conversation, she spreads the news of her promiscuity all over campus. Olive suddenly finds herself the victim of her school’s ‘rumor mill’ and is suddenly notorious but for all the wrong reasons.
In English class, Olive and her classmates are studying ‘The Scarlet Letter’ and now her life is paralleling Hester Prynne’s from the book. Without missing a beat, she decides to embrace to notoriety and use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.
When she agrees to help out Brandon (Dan Byrd), a bullied friend from her class, she stages a dramatic encounter at a party where she pretends to sleep with him so questions about his sexuality are quelled. Suddenly her image rapidly degrades to a more lascivious state and her world begins to spin out of control. As she helps out more and more of her classmates and her lies continue to escalate, Olive must find a way to save face before Marianne gets her expelled and she loses a shot at attaining her own happiness.
“Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80’s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist in the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80’s movie, preferably one with an awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life.” – Olive Penderghast
“Here you go. I just don’t want this ‘thing’ you’re going through to define your life. Olive, do what you gotta do; let your freak flag fly. Just make sure you have an exit strategy.” – Mrs. Griffith
“Is everything alright? It sounds like you’re having sex in here… which I know can’t be true due to the fact you have a homosexual boyfriend.” – Dill Penderghast
“I just hope for your sake you had the good sense to use protection.” – Marianne
“Why? Your parents didn’t.” – Olive Penderghast
Official Movie Trailer
Emma Stone as Olive Penderghast
Penn Badgley as Woodchuck Todd
Amanda Bynes as Marianne
Dan Byrd as Brandon
Thomas Haden Church as Mr. Griffith
Patricia Clarkson as Rosemary Penderghast
Cam Gigandet as Michah
Lisa Kudrow as Mrs. Griffith
Malcolm McDowell as Principal Gibbons
Stanley Tucci as Dill Penderghast
Fred Armisen as Pastor
Aly Michalka as Rhiannon
Johanna Braddy as Melody Bostic