Easy A
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Easy A

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Director: Will Gluck

Cast: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes

     
 

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is re-imagined as a contemporary high school comedy in this tale of a scheming student who plots to give her popularity a boost by painting herself the easiest lay in school. Like most high school kids, Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) just wants to be popular. So much so than when her bestSee more details below

Overview

Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is re-imagined as a contemporary high school comedy in this tale of a scheming student who plots to give her popularity a boost by painting herself the easiest lay in school. Like most high school kids, Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) just wants to be popular. So much so than when her best friend, Rhiannon (Aly Michalka), asks Olive how her weekend went, the bored teen decides to whip up a spicy white lie just to make things interesting. But that minor exaggeration begins to take on a life of its own when it reaches the ears of motor-mouth gossip Jesus freak Marianne (Amanda Bynes), and in no time the entire student body is abuzz over unassuming Olive's unrepentant weekend of debauchery. Of course not a word of it is true, but that doesn't stop everyone in school from talking, and an amused Olive from deciding to go with the flow. Playing the role of the hussy to the hilt, the girl who used to be invisible begins dressing provocatively and turning heads in the hallways. The students aren't the only ones taking notice, either; Olive's English teacher, Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church), is concerned that the kind of attention she's receiving isn't healthy for a developing girl, and his wife (Lisa Kudrow), the school guidance counselor, is in full agreement. The only people who seem remotely interested in the truth are Olive's trusting and open-minded parents (Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson). As Olive takes note of the parallels between her own situation and the plight of the Scarlet Letter heroine Hester Prynne, she realizes that she may be able to manipulate her newfound notoriety to give fellow classmate Brandon's (Dan Byrd) popularity a much-needed shot in the arm. Olive never thought her little game could possibly have any negative effect on anyone but herself, but when loose lips start sinking ships all around her, she realizes that it's high time for the truth to come out.

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There are a lot of films these days exploring teen life in the digital age, and Easy A is no different -- utilizing iPhones, webcasting, and YouTube to tell the story of Olive's (Emma Stone) social experiment as a modern-day Hester Prynne, which manifests itself into a not-so-innocent reputation that spirals out of control. Stone has been good in supporting roles (Zombieland, Superbad), but in this lead role she really embraces her character, spouting out snappy pop-culture references and dissecting the absurdity of her peers. This kind of character can easily move too far into pretentious territory, but screenwriter Bert V. Royal manages to keep things light and fun. Easy A is loosely based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter, with Olive sashaying around school wearing naughty negligees and donning a crimson "A" on her chest to prove a point. Despite the fact that the film veers away from making a statement about the hypocrisy of teenage sexuality, what makes this teen comedy different from most is its refreshingly witty sensibility. The story starts when Olive lies to her best friend, Rhi (Alyson Michalka), and tells her that she lost the big V to a college student. The rumor spreads like wildfire, but instead of running from it, Olive embraces it and decides to use the opportunity as a social experiment. Taking things one step further, in exchange for money, she allows the boys in her school to tell people that she's slept with them. Olive sees it as a win-win situation, but what she didn't expect was that she'd get a rep as a "skanky slut" and be attacked by the chastity club, headed by zealot Marianne (Amanda Bynes). There's a lot going on story-wise, perhaps a little too much, and it seems like Royal had a lot of false starts. There's a subplot with Thomas Haden Church and Lisa Kudrow as married educators who experience infidelity involving one of the students, but this storyline never really goes anywhere and only serves as a comedic plot device and a waste of really good actors. Also, Olive's budding relationship with Todd (Penn Badgley), her almost first kiss and would-be boyfriend, shows up at the most inappropriate moments, and you sort of forget that he's the only boy in school who likes Olive for who she is and not for her reputation. Those sins aside, Easy A is clearly a winner, and with Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson co-starring as Olive's über-liberal parents in some of the most memorable scenes, this film is not to be missed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/21/2010
UPC:
0043396362796
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
8,032

Special Features

Gag Reel; Emma Stone's Audition Footage; Commentary with Director Will Gluck and Emma Stone

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emma Stone Olive Penderghast
Penn Badgley Woodchuck Todd
Amanda Bynes Marianne
Dan Byrd Brandon
Thomas Haden Church Mr. Griffith
Patricia Clarkson Rosemary
Cam Gigandet Micah
Lisa Kudrow Mrs. Griffith
Malcolm McDowell Principal Gibbons
Aly Michalka Rhiannon
Stanley Tucci Dill
Fred Armisen Pastor
Juliette Goglia Eighth Grade Olive
Jake Sandvig Anson
Morgan Rusler Mr. Abernathy
Nikki Tyler-Flynn Mrs. Abernathy
Braeden Lemasters Eighth Grade Kid
Mahaley Hessam Nina
Jameson Moss Evan
Blake Hood Kennedy Peters-Booth
Bryce Clyde Jenkins Chip
Neil Soni Zia
Stacey Travis Marianne's Mom
Bonnie Burroughs Micah's Mom
Eddie Applegate Micah's Grandfather
Norma Michaels Micah's Grandmother
Yolanda Snowball Receptionist
Andrew Fleming Doctor
Johanna E. Braddy Melody Bostic
David Gore Pre-Teen Kid
Lalaine Gossipy Girl
D'Anthony Wayne Palms Josh Wisniewski
Ryan Parker Kurt
Rawson Thurber Quiznos Guy
Chris De Lorenzo Spectator in the Gym
Jillian Johnston Server
Nancy Karr Singing Server
Clay Black Singing Server
Brad Etheridge Singing Server
Michael Strauss Singing Server
Lance Kerfuffle Clerk
Drew Koles Boy
Max Crumm Pontius
Jeremiah Hu Judas
Jessica Jann Jezebel
Danni Katz Harlot
Jason Kropik Mortimer

Technical Credits
Will Gluck Director,Producer
Todd Michael Amateau Asst. Director
Wende Crowley Musical Direction/Supervision
Zanne Devine Producer
Mynka Draper Costumes/Costume Designer
Alicia Emmrich Associate Producer
Michael Grady Cinematographer
Donna Lou Henderson Makeup
Marcia Hinds Production Designer
Bo Johnson Art Director
Mark B. Johnson Co-producer
Lisa Miller Katz Casting
Mark Larry Sound Editor
Susan Littenberg Editor
Tracy Manzo Makeup
Herwig Maurer Sound Editor
Bert V. Royal Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Easy A
1. Scene 1 [4:35]
2. Scene 2 [1:00]
3. Scene 3 [2:02]
4. Scene 4 [1:46]
5. Scene 5 [2:26]
6. Scene 6 [3:45]
7. Scene 7 [3:23]
8. Scene 8 [2:15]
9. Scene 9 [3:52]
10. Scene 10 [4:09]
11. Scene 11 [4:25]
12. Scene 12 [2:52]
13. Scene 13 [2:41]
14. Scene 14 [3:15]
15. Scene 15 [2:48]
16. Scene 16 [2:53]
17. Scene 17 [3:23]
18. Scene 18 [1:54]
19. Scene 19 [4:02]
20. Scene 20 [3:22]
21. Scene 21 [2:02]
22. Scene 22 [2:47]
23. Scene 23 [1:52]
24. Scene 24 [1:19]
25. Scene 25 [4:17]
26. Scene 26 [4:10]
27. Scene 27 [3:11]
28. Scene 28 [4:05]

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