Title: Easy A (Film)
Director: Will Gluck
Production Company: Screen Gems
Release Date: 2010
A little white lie turns into a big problem after word gets out that Olive has allegedly lost her virginity to a college boy. When Olive confides the truth to her closeted gay friend, he asks her to pretend to have sex with him so that he will no longer be bullied by his peers. Olive reluctantly agrees, and after the “deed” is done, she finds herself plagued by a flock of misfits all begging to have pretend sex with her to boost their own social status. Olive becomes increasingly notorious throughout the school for her “promiscuity.” Inspired by her reading of the novel, The Scarlet Letter, Olive decides to embrace the scandal and begins dressing provocatively with a red silk “A” pinned to her outfits. Eventually the lies begin to catch up with Olive and she must make the difficult decision of whether or not to reveal the truth.
This movie really captures the malicious nature of rumors and the power of words. Olive is a spunky and likeable character, with a great sense of humor. Certain elements of the movie are a bit far-fetched. The female antagonist is humorous, but over stereotyped. The romance in the story is rather subtle, and is non-essential of Olive’s personal evolution. This is nice in a sense, because it shifts the focus away from the romance, and back to Olive. Overall it is a very funny and enjoyable movie.
Viewer’s Annotation: The rumors of Olive’s promiscuity are spreading, but none of them are true! Can she stop them before her reputation is ruined forever?
About the Director:
Genre: comedy, romance
Curriculum Ties: English/Language Arts
- Draw comparisons between Hawthorne’s work and this adaptation.
Challenge Issues: teen sexuality, teen partying
Chapter 5 of Youth, Pornography, and the Internet (2002)
Justification of Selection: This film is a clever adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book, The Scarlet Letter.
IMDB. (n.d). Will Gluck biography. IMDB. Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0323239/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm