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Easy A


When a white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a young high school girl decides to make the rumor mill work to her benefit.

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PAUSE for kids age 14
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
4 out of 5
1 out of 5

Teen Scarlet Letter update is smart but risque.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this smart teen comedy inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel The Scarlet Letter centers on a straight-laced teen (Emma Stone) who gets caught up in the school rumor mill (partly thanks to gossip spreading via Facebook and texting) -- a situation that many teens will be able to identify with. Labeled promiscuous after she tells a white lie and, later, exacerbates that lie with another, she quickly loses control of the situation (though, because this is a movie, she manages to cope with poise and wit). Although little action is shown, the subject of sex permeates the whole film, and there are lots of innuendoes/references and situations (including talk about losing virginity), as well as incidents in which kids judge one another. There's also some swearing (including "s--t") and allusions to underage drinking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about gossip and bullying. What role does technology play in how the gossip about Olive spreads? How can you prevent that kind of thing from happening in real life?
  • Why does Olive perpetuate the gossip about her? What does she get out of it, considering that it also torments her? Is her reaction believable?
  • Does the movie do a good job of modernizing a classic book? Do the movie and the novel The Scarlet Letter have the same message? Where do they differ?

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4 stars

Emma Stone (Zombieland, Superbad) does a great job as Olive. Loved this movie reminded me of many of comedies of the 80's. The directors love of 80's high school flicks is abundantly clear and it shines through in a fun movie.

- jmanard52, Thursday, December 23, 2010

4 stars

narrating movie + smart Joke. Teen comedies should be like this. actually half of the movie similar with my life, but I don't know how to end it.

- fb1019018362, Monday, December 3, 2012

3 stars

This movie made me realize why i do love 80s movies ....finally . Olive: '' Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80s 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 80s movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life."

- MrsInsomnia, Friday, September 28, 2012