Sunday, 19 June 2016

Rumours, Romance, and Reputation - Easy A (15)

And now for something completely different. 

"Ironically, we were studying The Scarlet Letter. Now, isn't that always the way? The books you read in class always seem to have some strong connection with whatever angsty adolescent drama is going on." - Olive

Easy A (15) is basically The Scarlet Letter, if The Scarlet Letter was set in a 21st century American high school. Olive Penderghast is a brilliantly relatable heroine. By which I mean that she sings along to songs that she claims to hate, and wishes that her life was more like an 80's film. With it's own really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. She's also sarcastic, intelligent, and, of course, completely invisible to her peers. To get out of going camping at the weekend with her best friend, Rhiannon, she invents a date. On Monday, Rhiannon wants the details. Olive awkwardly makes a few things up, Rhiannon jumps to all the wrong conclusions, the extremely pious Marianne overhears, and it all just escalates from there... 

Easy A is a hilarious teen comedy thanks to Olive's dry wit, a metric ton of references, and it's determination to get Natasha Bedingfield's Pocketful of Sunshine stuck in your head.

Worst. Song. Ever.
Worst. Song. Ever.
However, it's also a film about double standards, the rumour mill, and the seesaw that is reputation. Anyone who has been to secondary school has dealt with rumours. Whether you've started them, spread them, or merely been the subject of them, rumours are the currency of secondary school. Most of them go away after a week or two to be replaced with new ones, about new people. The rumour mill never stops turning. Olive's reputation does a complete 180 as the result of rumours. She goes from invisible to notorious and universally hated.

(She has the worst best friend in the world.)

I know, right?

Of course, the rumours aren't true. This does not, however, stop several boys from using Olive's new reputation to boost their own reputations. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester 'bore her punishment in humble silence.' Olive, not so much. And that's why we love her. She doesn't shy away from all the attention. She encourages it, right up until she sets the record straight.

Five out of five for a teen comedy that'll make you laugh and make you think.

Have you seen Easy A? Did you like it?