by Aimee Lewis
In high school, did you ever feel like you would have to do something outrageous just to be noticed? In the movie Easy A – starring Emma Stone (Olive), Penn Badgly (Todd) and Amanda Bynes (Marianne) – Olive Penderghast thought just that.
Easy A starts out with a somewhat nerdy girl, Olive, talking about how she is basically invisible to everyone at her school. But everything changes when Olive tells her best friend that she lost her virginity to a college guy, when in reality, she had been rocking out to music all day. The rumor quickly spreads around the school. Marianne, a very religious student, overhears the rumor and that’s when Olive’s life starts to go downhill. Everyone labels her a slut.
One of Olive’s friends, Brandon, who has been dealing with bullying because everyone thinks he is a homosexual, decides to ask her to fake taking his virginity because he knew that the rumors about her were not true. Olive accepts his request, but insists on payment. She starts taking requests from more students to fake taking their virginity in return for a gift card to somewhere useful to her.
As Olive gets more into this new lifestyle, she decides to live like Hester Prynne, from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous book The Scarlet Letter; she starts to put the letter “A”, symbolizing adultery, on all of her clothes. As she goes through this new change, she realizes that she has more to lose than to gain from what she has started at her high school, such as losing the guy she likes.
I highly recommend this comedic film to anyone out there who wants to laugh. Rated PG-13, it’s a fun movie to just go out and see with your friends. Maybe it’ll even end up in your top rated movies! It definitely has for me.