Easy A (stylized as easy A) is a also a 2010 teen comedy film written by Bert V. Royal, directed by Will Gluck, and starring Emma Stone. The screenplay was partially inspired by the novel The Scarlet Letter. The film was shot at Screen Gems studios and in Ojai, California. Screen Gems distributed with a release on September 17, 2010 (2010-09-17). It was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc December 21, 2010.
The film was a box office success and received mostly favourable reviews, particularly for Emma Stone's performance.
Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) lies to her best friend Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka) about going on a date in order to get out of camping with Rhi's hippie parents. Instead, she hangs around the house all weekend. The following Monday, pressed by Rhiannon, Olive lies about losing her virginity to a college guy. Marianne (Amanda Bynes), a strictly religious girl at their school, overhears her telling the lie and soon it spreads like wildfire. The school's conservative church group run by Marianne decides Olive will be their next project.
Olive confides in her friend Brandon (Dan Byrd) about the truth, and he explains how others bully him because he's gay. Brandon later asks Olive to pretend to sleep with him so that he will be accepted by everyone. Brandon convinces Olive and they pretend to have sex at a party.
After having a fight with Rhiannon over Olive's new identity as a "dirty skank", Olive decides to counteract the harassment by embracing her new image as the school tramp. She begins to wear more provocative clothing and stitches a red 'A' (a la Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter) to everything she wears. Boys who usually have had no luck with girls in the past begin to give her money to say they have had sex with her in order to increase their own popularity, which in turn increases her reputation.
After an ill-fated date with a boy, Olive reconnects with Todd (Penn Badgley), her old crush who is the school's mascot. Todd tells her that he does not believe the rumor mill; he remembers when she lied for him because he wasn't ready for his first kiss years ago.
After a friendly talk with her eccentric, open-minded mother, Olive comes up with a plan to get everything finally in the open, she does a song and dance number at a pep rally to get people's attention to watch her via web cam where she confesses what she has done. Later, she texts Rhi, apologizing for lying. When she is finishing up, Todd comes by riding a lawnmower and tells her to come out. She goes to him, and they ride off on the lawnmower.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Stone ... Olive
Penn Badgley ... Woodchuck Todd
Amanda Bynes ... Marianne
Dan Byrd ... Brandon
Thomas Haden Church ... Mr. Griffith
Patricia Clarkson ... Rosemary
Cam Gigandet ... Micah
Lisa Kudrow ... Mrs. Griffith
Malcolm McDowell ... Principal Gibbons
Aly Michalka ... Rhiannon
Stanley Tucci ... Dill
Fred Armisen ... Pastor
Juliette Goglia ... Eighth Grade Olive
Jake Sandvig ... Anson
Morgan Rusler ... Mr. Abernathy
Directed by Will Gluck
Produced by Will Gluck
Written by Bert V. Royal