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Product Overview

Olive an average high school student, sees her below the radar existence turn around overnight once she decides to use the school's gossip grapevine to advance her social standing.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 218186183
UPC 043396362796
UPC 14 00043396362796
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
High School Experiences
Satire
Editors Note
Note Nathaniel Hawthorne's THE SCARLET LETTER is re-imagined as a contemporary high school comedy in this tale of a scheming student who plots to give her popularity a boost by painting herself the easiest lay in school. Like most high school kids, Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) just wants to be popular. So much so than when her best friend, Rhiannon (Aly Michalka), asks Olive how her weekend went, the bored teen decides to whip up a spicy white lie just to make things interesting. But that minor exaggeration begins to take on a life of its own when it reaches the ears of motor-mouth gossip Jesus freak Marianne (Amanda Bynes), and in no time the entire student body is abuzz over unassuming Olive's unrepentant weekend of debauchery. Of course not a word of it is true, but that doesn't stop everyone in school from talking, and an amused Olive from deciding to go with the flow. Playing the role of the hussy to the hilt, the girl who used to be invisible begins dressing provocatively and turning heads in the hallways. The students aren't the only ones taking notice, either; Olive's English teacher, Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church), is concerned that the kind of attention she's receiving isn't healthy for a developing girl, and his wife (Lisa Kudrow), the school guidance counselor, is in full agreement. The only people who seem remotely interested in the truth are Olive's trusting and open-minded parents (Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson). As Olive takes note of the parallels between her own situation and the plight of the SCARLET LETTER heroine Hester Prynne, she realizes that she may be able to manipulate her newfound notoriety to give fellow classmate Brandon's (Dan Byrd) popularity a much-needed shot in the arm. Olive never thought her little game could possibly have any negative effect on anyone but herself, but when loose lips start sinking ships all around her, she realizes that it's high time for the truth to come out.
Reviews
Hollywood Reporter "[A] high school romp that turns a stale genre upside down with sly wit and sharp satire." 09/10/2010
Entertainment Weekly "Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci, as Olive's goofily empathic parents, are a tasty comedy team..." -- Grade: B- 09/17/2010
Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "Overflowing with charm and wit, this satirical take on that special hell known as high school has plenty of appeal to teens and adults alike." 09/16/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The movie works because its funny, yes, but also because it's smart." 09/15/2010
New York Times "[T]he sassy high school comedy EASY A commands attention for the irresistible presence of Emma Stone....Her performance is the best of its type since Alicia Silverstone's star turn several high school generations ago in Amy Heckerling's 1995 hit, CLUELESS." 09/16/2010
USA Today 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "One of the reasons it fires on all cylinders is its sassy titian-haired star, Emma Stone. Stone is easily one of the most winning actresses of her generation and a natural comedian." 09/17/2010
Los Angeles Times "EASY A proves inventive in its plotting....Thomas Hayden Church brings a weary soulfulness to the role of Olive's favorite teacher..." 09/17/2010
A.V. Club "Happily, EASY A has two strong elements in its favor: heart, and Stone's terrific lead performance." 09/16/2010
Wall Street Journal "[I]t catapults Emma Stone into a higher place reserved for American actors who can handle elevated language with casually dazzling aplomb." 09/17/2010
Washington Post 3 stars out of 4 -- "Enhanced by a wicked sense of humor, Will Gluck's movie does what Hughes did best, showcasing characters with personality who make you wish you had them on speed dial." 09/17/2010
Rolling Stone "[A] teen comedy loaded with killer laughs..." 09/15/2010
Sight and Sound "Royal does hit some satirical bull's-eyes..." 11/01/2010
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "Arguably the best teen comedy since CLUELESS, it's easy to give to this one an A." 10/22/2010
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[This is] Emma Stone's first star vehicle, which she shoulders with charm, intelligence and a knowing glint in her eye." 10/11/2010
Actors
Penn Badgley
Emma Stone
Dan Byrd
Thomas Haden Church
Cast & Crew
Penn Badgley - Star
Emma Stone - Star
Dan Byrd - Star
Thomas Haden Church - Star
Amanda Bynes - Star
Norma Michaels - Co-Star
Morgan Rusler - Co-Star
Jake Sandvig - Co-Star
Nikki Tyler-Flynn - Co-Star
Max Crumm - Co-Star
Braeden Lemasters - Co-Star
Johanna Braddy - Co-Star
David Gore - Co-Star
Blake Hood - Co-Star
Aly Michalka - Co-Star
Mahaley Hessam - Co-Star
Jameson Moss - Co-Star
Bryce Clyde Jenkins - Co-Star
Andrew Fleming - Co-Star
D'Anthony Wayne Palms - Co-Star
Rawson Thurber - Co-Star
Chris DeLorenzo - Co-Star
Jillian Johnston - Co-Star
Nancy Karr - Co-Star
Clay Black - Co-Star
Brad Etheridge - Co-Star
Michael Strauss - Co-Star
Lance Kerfuffle - Co-Star
Drew Koles - Co-Star
Jeremiah Hu - Co-Star
Jessica Jann - Co-Star
Danni Katz - Co-Star
Jason Kropik - Co-Star
Fred Armisen - Co-Star
LaLaine - Co-Star
Yolanda Snowball - Co-Star
Cam Gigandet - Co-Star
Ryan Parker - Co-Star
Neil Soni - Co-Star
Juliette Goglia - Co-Star
Donna Lou Henderson - Makeup
Gregg Landaker - Sound Re-Recording
Glenn S. Gainor - Production Manager/UPM
Michael Grady - Director of Photography
Sherry Whitfield - Music Editor
David Waterman - Makeup Designer
Karen Agresti - Set Decorator
Todd Michael Amateau - Assistant Director
Bobby C. King - Stunt Coordinator
Zoic Studios - Visual Effects Designer
Linda Huse - Costumes
Wende Crowley - Music Director
Darin O'Neill - Special Effects
Deb Adair - Sound Re-Recording
Tracy Manzo - Makeup
Bert V. Royal - Screenwriter
Jose L. Zamora - Hairstylist
Desiree Dizard - Hairstylist
Maynard G. Matthews - Hairstylist
Bret Barrett - Special Effects
Eddie Applegate - Co-Star
Bonnie Burroughs - Co-Star
Patricia Clarkson - Co-Star
Lisa Kudrow - Co-Star
Malcolm McDowell - Co-Star
Stacy Travis - Co-Star
Stanley Tucci - Co-Star
Will Gluck - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00043396362796
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 92 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource USA Today
Review The film is full of sharp wit that stops short of snark. And like any good movie, it transcends its genre. One of the big reasons it fires on all cylinders is its sassy titian-haired star, Emma Stone. Stone is easily one of the most winning actresses of her generation and a natural comedian.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Claudia Puig
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The movie works because its funny, yes, but also because it's smart. When Olive begins wearing the scarlet letter "A" on her clothing, borrowing the idea from the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel they still read in East Ojai, she shows a level of irony that I'm afraid is lost on the student body, but not on us. I think it may always be necessary that we like the hero or heroine of a comedy. I certainly liked Olive. I'm pretty sure that's also how an actor becomes a movie star.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, Spanish
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Chris Hewitt,Empire Magazine Arguably the best teen comedy since Clueless...
Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune ...a funny and sweet updating of the high-school comedy genre...
Trevor Johnston, Radio Times ...enormously funny and has surprising cross-generational appeal.

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