Easy A Directed by Will Gluck
Written by Bert V. Royal
Released: 2010
Runtime: 92 minutes
Rated; PG-13

GENRE: Teen Comedy

TEASER: Olive lies about losing her virginity and suddenly she’s the school harlot. What does she do? Brands herself with a scarlet A and plays it up.

Summary: It all starts when Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) lies to her best friend Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka) to get out of a camping trip. He tells her she is dating a college boy. When Rhannon keeps pressuring her for information, she ends up lying about losing her virginity. Marianne (Amanda Bynes), a popular girl in charge of a religious abstinence group, overhears and her lie is suddenly going around the entire school. Suddenly she has social outcasts coming to her asking if she will lie about having sex with them. So she sews scarlet letters on all of her clothes to make a social statement and plays up the rumor. But eventually Olive wonders if anyone is ever going to treat her with respect. She’s losing friend, making enemies, and guys are treating her like garbage. It’s time for Olive to tell the truth.

CRITIQUE: The writing is witty and funny. The main character is quirky and comfortable with who she is. The main theme of the movie is female sexuality and the labels that are placed on girls who are sexually active. Olive acts out against this stereotype by perpetuating the image. If people are going to call her a slut, she’s going to take it and run with it. She’s not afraid of what people are saying about her at first. However, when all of the guys and some of her teachers start treating her badly Olive wonders if any of this was ever worth it.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Will Gluck is a film and television director, screenwriter, and producer. Other movies he has worked on are Fired Up and Friends with Benefits. The television series he has worked on are The John Larroquette Show, Grosse Pointe, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Luis, and The Loop. He says his favorite film is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

ABOUT THE WRITER: Before Bert V. Royal wrote Easy A, he working in casting for Chappelle’s Show and Third Watch. He claims to have written the entire screenplay, except for the last ten pages, for Easy A in five days.

WEBSITE: http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/easya/

CHALLENGE ISSUES: Some might object the to sexual situations in this film.

DEFENSE: I would suggest looking at the ALA’s support page for challenged materials.

CURRICULUM TIES: It could be shown in conjunction with reading The Scarlet Letter.

BOOKTALKING IDEAS: What would you do if everyone at school treated you like you were promiscuous because of something someone else said?

WHY INCLUDED: This is one of my favorite teen films because the main character is sassy and confident with herself.