Director Will Gluck takes the snarky adage "Let's not and say we did" to its logical conclusion in this age-of-social-media teen comedy. "Easy A" takes its cues from its lead character, played by one very sassy Emma Stone.
High school student Olive Penderghast goes along with her best friend's mistaken belief that she engaged in carnal activities with an older guy while her parents were away for a weekend. Although said romp never really happened, Olive quickly earns a reputation on her Ojai, California school campus as the class slut.
At the head of the gossip hydra is goodie-two-shoes Marianne (Amanda Bynes), a Bible-thumping hypocrite whose devout groupies don't necessarily practice what they preach either.
Enraged at the voracious rumor mill, Olive decides to fight back by playing the cards she's been dealt. Things go from bad to weird after Olive agrees to pretend to have sex with her gay pal Brandon (Dan Byrd) at a party so the jocks will stop bullying him. Soon, she's trading on her "slut" status with every boy in school in exchange for cash and coupons.
Emma Stone's sustained sardonic tone, combined with her unconventional beauty, makes "Easy A" shine as a provocative teen comedy.
Rated PG-13. 92 mins.
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