Opening 11 Nov 2010
Film director Will Gluck presents a narrative that plays out the consequences from a daring what-if question of curiosity in Easy A. His high school comedic drama is the perfect set-up for foolishness to run an interesting course. Not to mention that it is the ideal time to learn hard lessons about life while still contemplating self-identity.
Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) is a highly intelligent, funny and self-assured student who attends high school in Ojai, California. Her downfall is a sincere compassion to help others in their time of need. Her no-nonsense attitude pushes her away from the popular crowd by default (who really wants to know the truth about them in high school, right?); a group she’s secretly wondered what it would be like if she was among the selected popularity. Observing a good friend being scrutinized at a party about rumors of his homosexuality, Olive decides to take matters into her own hands. She leads her male friend into a vacant bedroom to have a little fun. Her plan to allow him to walk out of the party with his head held high was a result of their child-like plan to fake out the inquiring minds and ears glued to the bedroom door. She felt good about helping her friend but was unaware of the geek-y souls that would soon pester her for similar favors. Olive’s decision to help the next and the next was a dare she self-imposed to see what it would be like to play the part of the popular girl known to “put-out”. Her rumored reputation came at no surprise with a new a sexy wardrobe. Her trademark was a hand-sewn capital A across one breast representing A-typical. Her initially harmless idea spiraled out of control and she was in a quandary. Seeking help from those she offered assistance was a dead end. If it were not for Olive’s trusting and supportive parents (Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson), who raised her to do the right thing, her dilemma could have caused enormous irrevocable damage. Olive’s intelligence equipped her to be creative in order to set the record straight and let the truth be known. (Karen Pecota)