“The rumor-filled totally FALSE account of how I ruined my flawless reputation.”
Easy A is a 2010 hit that was never short on the smartly written storyline, top notch direction, brilliant acting performances, entertainment, captivating romance, hilarious scenes and punch lines, and some life lessons we ought to remember but tend to forget. Being a contemporary reimagining of the classic novel The Scarlet Letter, Easy A surely did not just lie up to expectations but shattered every single one of them.
Easy A follows the high school life of Olive Penderghast who, from being a barely noticed and perfectly typical student, suddenly acquired the status of being the campus slut after a false rumor began to spread. The film opens with Olive talking in front of a webcam and telling the whole story of how one little white lie brought massive and drastic twists and turns in her previously ignored and unobserved life.
Everything began when she lied about going on a date with a nonexistent guy just to save herself from having to spend the weekend over at her best friend’s house because she does not feel comfortable around her best friend’s weird parents. While conversing at the campus comfort room, her best friend pushes her to admit that they had sex on their date and having no choice but to just say yes, she did and actually narrated an entirely false story which was overheard by conservative teen church group leader who began to spread the false rumor and accused her as a slut. To annoy those judgmental hypocrites, Olive began dressing up and acting like one until her little act became something she c[pullquote_right][/pullquote_right]annot handle anymore.
The “A” in the film title is a reference to the classic novel The Scarlet Letter. It was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in the 1850s. It tells a story of Hester Prynne who had a daughter conceived due to an adulterous affair. One of her punishments was to wear a scarlet letter “A” on her dress as a notice to public that she was an adulteress and as a sign of shame and guilt. In the film, Olive, at one point, began stitching a scarlet letter “A” on her tops as a reference to the novel which is actually the one they were studying at that moment.
Easy A leaves us not with judgments on issues of having sex and virginity. What it truly imparts is that other people’s choices especially on the aspect of having sex or remaining a virgin will always and must be none of our business. One of the most memorable moments of the film was when Olive was talking about how chivalry appears to have died as years passed, that guys who would play a boombox outside your window, with whom you would ride a lawnmower with, or who would throw their fist in the air after they got you are all long gone.
With an excellently written screenplay that has been brilliantly executed, you can never go wrong with Easy A. Certainly, definitely, undoubtedly a must-see.