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Easy A Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

"B" for effort. Read full review

3.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Emma Stone's star maker. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    72

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Easy A has some agreeable fast banter, but it's so self-consciously stylized that it wears you out.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A high school romp that turns a stale genre upside down with sly wit and sharp satire.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Easy A not only makes the grade, but it comes in close to 100%.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Why, then, am I so pleased with Easy A? Because the movie, despite a few flaws, seems to have been made by higher intelligence, and because it catapults Emma Stone into a higher place reserved for American actors who can handle elevated language with casually dazzling aplomb.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Teen Scarlet Letter update is smart but risque.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this smart teen comedy inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel The Scarlet Letter centers on a straight-laced teen (Emma Stone) who gets caught up in the school rumor mill (partly thanks to gossip spreading via Facebook and texting) -- a situation that many teens will be able to identify with. Labeled promiscuous after she tells a white lie and, later, exacerbates that lie with another, she quickly loses control of the situation (though, because this is a movie, she manages to cope with poise and wit). Although little action is shown, the subject of sex permeates the whole film, and there are lots of innuendoes/references and situations (including talk about losing virginity), as well as incidents in which kids judge one another. There's also some swearing (including "s--t") and allusions to underage drinking.

  • Families can talk about gossip and bullying. What role does technology play in how the gossip about Olive spreads? How can you prevent that kind of thing from happening in real life?
  • Why does Olive perpetuate the gossip about her? What does she get out of it, considering that it also torments her? Is her reaction believable?
  • Does the movie do a good job of modernizing a classic book? Do the movie and the novel The Scarlet Letter have the same message? Where do they differ?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: In keeping with its connection to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, the film thumbs its nose at hypocrisy and those who stand in judgment of others. Though it sometimes goes about this noble goal in a ham-handed way -- i.e. by stereotyping certain groups (like Christians and high schoolers in general) -- it does confront important questions about labeling and judging others (especially when your own life isn't perfect).

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Olive gets an undeserved reputation for being sleazy and fights back by throwing other people's judgments in their face. Instead of submitting to her peers' small-mindedness, she stands up for herself (though she does sometimes go about it in an ill-advised manner). She uses humor to deflect cruelty and has a soft heart. She does bend the truth, sometimes to her detriment -- and she also takes the iffy step of demanding payment (in the form of gift cards) for helping guys with their reputations -- but in the end she finds that honesty really is the best policy. Her parents are both irreverent and supportive, and a young man accepts her for who she is rather than who she's reputed to be.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: A teen slaps a peer; another gets into a fight, though viewers don't see the actual skirmish -- just him nursing a bleeding nose. A guy gets pushy trying to kiss a girl.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Though viewers don't actually see anyone having sex, the characters talk about it a lot, and the subject permeates the whole movie. Virginity (and the loss thereof) is a frequent topic of discussion. High schoolers gossip about a classmate's sex life. A girl and a boy fake having sex behind closed doors by making very loud grunting sounds and talking "dirty" to each other. A main character wears suggestive clothing to confront her "easy" reputation. A teacher talks about having sex with a student (who's of age). A quick glimpse of the side of a breast (the woman's a nudist). There's a vibrator in the movie, though it's not seen (wrapped in paper). Mention of a sexually transmitted disease.

  • language false2

    Language: Language includes several uses of "s--t," plus "ass," "hell," "damn," "screw," "tw-t," "skank," "d--k," "t-t," and "whore." Also "goddamn" and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Lots of logos/mentions of stores/brands, including Costco, Home Depot, Target, Quiznos, T.J. Maxx, Bath & Body Works, and other mall-type stores (most are in the context of gift cards that the main character takes as payment for doing reptuation-related "favors" for guys).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A bong is shown briefly. A teen asks another if he can fetch her a drink at a party (though viewers don't see them imbibing).

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