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Easy A

Easy A

DVD - 2010
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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. Hoping to become popular, she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
Branch Call Number: DVD EASY A
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In English or French (dubbed in Quebec) with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned; descriptive audio


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Jan 24, 2021

I always like movies with literary themes. And its quite funny. And Emma Stone is quite winning as a leading character.

Oct 12, 2018

Definitely for teens.

Jan 18, 2018

Solid teen movie about high school, reputations, friends, enemies. Well done, I thought I would dislike it.

Aug 15, 2017

Sure teen movie was vulgar & even bitter, but it was retain that sweetness for sassy protagonist. Great ensemble cast.

Aug 05, 2017

I had watched this movie for about an hour. It is a well-told story about a teenager girl with a "make-belief" reputation, which spawn a chain of events that is suppose to show her something. It revealed about responsibility and how society reacts to somebody in her predicament. I wished that I had more time to finish the movie, but alas I must return the item. Perhaps I will follow-up the next time, it becomes available.

Apr 23, 2017

Witty, funny and contemporary. Great movie to watch.

Jan 19, 2017

Shouldn't judge a book--or in this case, a movie--by its cover.
Too bad you missed a great movie.

ArapahoeKati Nov 03, 2016

One of my favorite comedies. Emma Stone is the best! Lots of great laughs.

Never saw the movie, probably never will. The description should put up a big red flag. It sounds pretty terrible.

May 27, 2015

"Easy A" follows the story of Olive Penderghast (played by Emma Stone) and how, in two weeks, she went from being a virtually unnoticeable teenage girl to the school's rumoured floozy. Based on the classic novel "The Scarlet Letter," Olive deals with the same ostracism and social repression Hester Prynne does in her story. The film is basically a huge flashback with Olive narrating the entire story via webcam. The gist of the story is this: After the social bubble that is high school leaves Olive feeling invisible, she decides to take her reputation into her own hands by cultivating a promiscious identity. It all starts as a favour for her friend, Brandon (played by Dan Byrd), a gay bullying victim; she pretends to hook up with him at a party in order to strengthen his status as a heterosexual since he's not ready to come out of the closet yet. Unfortunately, her behaviour is judged by her classmates, including holier-than-thou Marianne (played by Amanda Bynes). With no one knowing that it's all pretend, Olive loses her best friend Rhi (played by Aly Michalka) and the respect of her favourite teacher, Mr. Griffith (played by Thomas Hayden Church). As everything becomes a little too much, she turns to her supportive parents (played by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci) who I hereby nominate for Best Movie Parents of 2010. What will become of poor Olive? The message is clear: Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. The Christian students who berate Olive fall victim to their own hypocrisy eventually. I appreciate the nod to "The Scarlet Letter," but "Easy A" stands strong on its own merits. The movie's personality is larger than the plot itself with eighties-era influences in some scenes, like the one in the shower when Olive sings and mirrors shots shown in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." There is a more mature wit and humour that make "Easy A" distinct compared to other teen movies. No fart jokes, sorry. It is for this reason that I truly enjoy "Easy A" and struggle to find fault with it.

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bookgeek101 Jan 28, 2013

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Mar 28, 2011

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Feb 09, 2018

Olive Penderghast: 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 into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80's movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life.

Feb 13, 2014

Olive: I told everyone! Well, actually I told one person, but you know how these things work. It's like wildfire.

Booklover1235 Jul 01, 2012

Olive: I don't want your money Brandon.

Mar 28, 2011

Principal Gibbons: This is public school. If I can keep the girls off the pole and the boys off the pipe, I get a bonus.

Mar 28, 2011

Olive Penderghast: If he's so smart, why is your boyfriend 22 years old and still in high school?
Marianne: Because, Olive, it's His choice!
Olive Penderghast: Oh, really? His choice? He just *wants* to be repeating his senior year for, like, the fourth time 'cause he can't pass a single test?
Marianne: No, silly,
[points up]
Marianne: His. His, with a capital H. If the Good Lord had wanted Micah to graduate, he would have given him the right answers.
Olive Penderghast: [laughs] I'm sorry, but, I mean, really? You gotta be shittin' me, woman.

Mar 28, 2011

Rosemary: I had a similar situation when I was your age. I had a horrible reputation.
Olive Penderghast: Why?
Rosemary: Because I slept with a whole bunch of people. Mostly guys.
Olive Penderghast: Mom!


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Feb 14, 2018

Other: Some drug material.

bookgeek101 Jan 28, 2013

Sexual Content: The girl pretends to have sex, and throughtout the movie more rumors are added.

bookgeek101 Jan 28, 2013

Coarse Language: Swearing commonly throughtout the movie.

Mar 28, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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bookgrl01 Oct 21, 2011

Olive knows that high school life isn't easy as a virgin, but what she doesn't know is that a little lie can go a long way. The boys in school hear that she'll tell people she's had "relations" with them but for a price, sometimes ice cream for life, sometimes gift cards for Home Depot. But when the rumor starts to hurt people around her included the school councilor, her favorite teacher, and the guy she likes, she has to figure out a way to make everything better, and that is by telling the truth.

Mar 28, 2011

High school student Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) finds herself the victim of her school's "rumor mill" when she lies to her best friend Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka) about a weekend tryst with a fictional college freshman. Word quickly spreads of Olive's promiscuity and, much to her surprise, she welcomes the attention. When she agrees to help out a bullied friend by pretending to sleep with him, her image rapidly degrades to a more lascivious state and her world begins to spin out of control. As she helps more and more of her classmates and her lies continue to escalate, Olive must find a way to save face before the school's religious fanatic Marianne (Amanda Bynes) gets her expelled and she loses a shot at attaining her own happiness.

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