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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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:September 17, 2010


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Emma Stone Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2010 Nominee


Emma Stone
as Olive Penderghast
Penn Badgley
as Woodchuck Todd
Amanda Bynes
as Marianne
Dan Byrd
as Brandon
Thomas Haden Church
as Mr. Griffith
Patricia Clarkson
as Rosemary
Cam Gigandet
as Micah
Lisa Kudrow
as Mrs. Griffith
Malcolm McDowell
as Principal Gibbons
Stanley Tucci
as Dill
Fred Armisen
as Pastor
Juliette Goglia
as Eighth Grade Olive
Jake Sandvig
as Anson
Morgan Rusler
as Mr. Abernathy
Nikki Tyler-Flynn
as Mrs. Abernathy
Braeden Lemasters
as Eighth Grade Kid
Neil Soni
as Zia
Stacey Travis
as Marianne's Mom
Bonnie Burroughs
as Micah's Mom
Eddie Applegate
as Micah's Grandfather
Norma Michaels
as Micah's Grandmother
Yolanda Snowball
as Receptionist
Andrew Fleming
as Doctor
David Gore
as Pre-Teen Kid
Lance Kerfuffle
as Clerk
Max Crumm
as Pontius


Will Gluck
Will Gluck
Zanne Devine
Michael Grady
Wende Crowley
Musical Direction/Supervision
Susan Littenberg
Bo Johnson
Art Director
Mynka Draper
Costume Designer
Karen Agresti
Set Decorator
Lisa Miller Katz
Mark Larry
Sound Editor
David Waterman
Key Make-up
Raoul Bolognini
Visual Effects Producer
Herwig Maurer
Sound Editor
Zoic Studios
Visual Effects
Sherry Whitfield
Music Editor
Adruitha Lee
Department Head Hair
Aubrey Husar
Key Grip
Michelle Vittone-McNeil
Department Head Makeup
Rocco Passionino
Visual Effects Supervisor
Jon Wakeham
Supervising Sound Editor
Michael Karasick
Chief Lighting Technician
Deb Adair
Re-Recording Mixer
Glenn S. Gainor
Unit Production Manager
Linda Huse
Key Costumer
Gregg Landaker
Re-Recording Mixer