Easy A (stylized as easy A) is a 2010 American teen comedy film directed by Will Gluck, written by Bert V. Royal and starring Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Thomas Haden Church, Dan Byrd, Amanda Bynes (in her last film before acting hiatus), Penn Badgley, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, and Aly Michalka.
High school student Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) finds herself the victim of her school's "rumor mill" when she lies to her best friend Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka) about a weekend tryst with a fictional college freshman. Word quickly spreads of Olive's promiscuity and, much to her surprise, she welcomes the attention. When she agrees to help out a bullied friend by pretending to sleep with him, her image rapidly degrades to a more lascivious state and her world begins to spin out of control. As she helps more and more of her classmates and her lies continue to escalate, Olive must find a way to save face before the school's religious fanatic Marianne (Amanda Bynes) gets her expelled and she loses a shot at attaining her own happiness.
Why It Rocks
- Well written plot and story.
- Memorable scenes.
- Top-notch acting.
- Catchy songs.
- The costumes look cool.
- Very funny moments.
- The ending was pretty cool.
The film opened on September 17, 2010, and grossed $6,787,163 on its opening day and $17,734,040 in its opening weekend, placing second behind The Town on both figures, and already making back more than double the film's slim $8 million budget. This was in line with expectations from Sony of an opening weekend take of around $15 million. The film has grossed a total of $58,401,464 in the United States and Canada plus $16,550,841 in international markets for a worldwide total of $74,952,305, earning its budget back more than nine times, making it a huge financial success.
On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 85% based on 175 reviews, with an average score of 7.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "It owes a huge debt to older (and better) teen comedies, but Easy A proves a smart, witty showcase for its irresistibly charming star, Emma Stone." other review aggregator, Metacritic, assigned the film a weighted average score of 72 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.