Rated PG-13 · 93 minutes · 2010

With a bigger budget and a sharper sense of direction, Easy A could have been a terrific teen-angst dark comedy, along the lines of another modernized adaptation, 10 Things I Hate About You. That film updates Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, and this is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter set in a California high school. But it isn’t teen sex that causes Olive Pendergast (Emma Stone) to wear the shameful brand; instead, it’s the rumor of sex, and the rumor of more sex, and more sex, and so on. Stone (Zombieland) has a very bright future and is squarely in control here, although Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson, as her parents, try to steal their share of scenes. The dialogue in Easy A is well-crafted and sarcastic, helping to punch up a bland story and Will Gluck’s stiff directorial style.
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Director: Will Gluck
Producer: Zanne Devine and Will Gluck
Cast: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Aly Michalka, Stanley Tucci, Fred Armisen, Juliette Goglia and Jake Sandvig


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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Easy A, The Town, Devil and more. 09/16/2010
Colorado Springs Independent Pretty in scarlet: Easy A Easy A is not terrible. Now, it's not indelible, either; it's simply an agreeable and relatively witty surprise. by Tricia Olszewski 09/16/2010
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Sept. 24 A dancer, the devil, a couple of wolves, a virgin and a bank robber. It's all at the movies. 09/24/2010
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Portland Mercury For a Good Time Emma Stone gets another Easy A in high school. by Marjorie Skinner 09/16/2010

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