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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
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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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3 stars

Seems too cliche to me. The constant looking back to 80's nostalgia film is just too much. Emma Stone is a sometimes unlikeable character while supporting roles from Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow, and Stanley Tucci are constantly keeping the film from being mediocre.

- paulkoh110, Wednesday, February 8, 2012

4 stars

Combine Saved! with Mean Girls, throw in a generous helping of John Hughes's filmography, add a dash of Juno, and top it all off with some post-modern meta filmmaking, you will get this film. Emma Stone has been in a number of films before this one, but it is here that she has given her true star making performance. She is wonderful as Olive. Apparently, director Will Gluck cast her because he didn't want someone who could become Olive, but instead, really was Olive. Based on what knowledge I have of Stone, that was a perfect casting decision, because I can't see anyone else in the role. This modern take on The Sacrlet Letter is fun, witty, and really hilarious. It's not the most believable film, because a lot of what happens plays out fairly unrealistically, but then again, it is a satirical farce, so this isn't a problem...unless you can't suspend disbelief, and, if that's the case, you probably only watch documentaries anyway. Moving on, this is a great film. It's fresh and smart, and the supporting cast is likewise as great as Stone. There's really a whole lot to like, and basically nothing to hate. It's not perfect, because I could just tell they were burdened by an enforced PG-13, but everyone makes the best of it anyways. Give this one a shot. It's bound to end up being a least I hope so.

- cosmo313, Monday, September 3, 2012

3 stars

A good high school set comedy. It's a good laugh, very witty and sarcastic with a very good cast line up. It has a cool soundtrack an a slightly 80's teen film inspired feel to it.

- Deano78, Friday, June 1, 2012