Title: Easy A
Release Date: 2010
Director: Will Gluck
This movie was described to me as the high school comedy interpretation of The Scarlet Letter. The story begins when 17 y.o. Olive tells her friend that she lost her virginity to a fictional college boyfriend. Word gets out and Olive suddenly has a bad girl reputation. Soon Olive is pretending to be sexually involved with several boys in order to help their reputations (that is for one boy to cover that he’s gay, for another that he’s an overweight loser, and so on). Enjoying the attention and also making a statement about double standards and rumor mongering, Olive begins wearing more revealing clothing with the letter A stitched on. A series of improbable but hilarious events ensue.
It’s a good mix of high school comedy with biting satire, and a fun way of addressing some serious topics such as bullying, gossip, and teen sexuality. The movie is episodic but it’s tied together by the wit and charm of the lead actor Emma Stone. And it’s really funny.