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Easy A (2010)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 127,358 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 17 September 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 92 min
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Easy A (2010)

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  • IMDb page: Easy A (2010)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 127,358 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 17 September 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 92 min
  • Filming Location: Ojai, California, USA
  • Budget: $8,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $74,952,305(Worldwide)(23 December 2010)
  • Director: Will Gluck
  • Stars: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes and Penn Badgley|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Brad Segal   
  • Soundtrack: Pocketful of Sunshine
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: School | Student | Rumor | Friend | High School

Writing Credits By:

  • Bert V. Royal (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Emma Stone dropped out of Sucker Punch to do this movie.
  • In the original script, the “F”-word was used 41 times, the “S” word was used 13 times and the “C” word was used 3 times. The uses of these words were later cut down in the final script so as to receive a lower rating of PG-13 (the movie’s target audience) as opposed to a rating of R.
  • Amanda Bynes’s supposed final film after announcing her retirement from acting. She hasn’t returned ever since.
  • One of the protest signs reads: “Exodus 20:14”. Exodus 20:14 is one of the Ten Commandments and it reads, “You shall not commit adultery.”
  • Logan Lerman auditioned for the role that went to Dan Byrd.
  • The website FreeOlive.com leads to the Sony Pictures website.
  • Shipped to theaters under the code name “Major Cities”.
  • The title has several meanings: the “A” refers most obviously to the “Scarlet Letter” of the book and that Olive decides to wear, and “easy” is derogatory, somewhat old-fashioned slang for someone (almost always a woman) who is sexually promiscuous; “easy A” is also an American phrase denoting a school, class, or test that takes no effort to excel at.
  • When Brandon asks Olive if she will go out with him, she counters that he had just told her that he was “Kinsey six gay.” This refers to a system devised by Indiana University sex researcher Dr. Alfred Kinsey in 1948 by which sexuality is placed on a continuum ranging from zero (exclusively heterosexual with no homosexual) all the way up to six (exclusively homosexual). Kinsey hypothesized based on his research that most people fall somewhere in-between zero and six.
  • Olive’s family members are all named after foods: her parents’ names are Dill and Rosemary, both herbs; her younger brother’s name is Chip, and the one at college is named Kale, and the fact that her name, Olive, is also something edible is the subject of a joke in the movie.

Goofs: Continuity: In the scene where Olive and Brandon are faking intercourse, the pictures will be lopsided on the walls, then straighten themselves up magically.

Plot: A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. Full summary »  »

Story: After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.Written by Sony Pictures  


Synopsis: The film opens with Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) talking into a web cam about how her little white lie ballooned into an uncontrollable monster. She says she will explain her side, the true side of what occurred. She says that she was a nobody that no one noticed outside her best friend Rhiannon (Aly Michalka). Rhiannon wants to go camping with Olive but Olive lies and says she is going on a date. In reality, she just hangs around the house all weekend singing "Pocketful of Sunshine" by Natasha Bedingfield.

The following Monday, pressed by Rhiannon, Olive lies about losing her virginity to a college guy. Marianne (Amanda Bynes), an overly enthusiastic Christian, overhears her telling the lie and soon it spreads like wildfire.

The school has a conservative teen church group run by Marianne who decides that Olive will be their next project. The group’s harassment disguised as concern comes to head at an English class run by Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church). The class happens to be reading The Scarlet Letter, a novel about adultery and shame. When one of the girls from the church group makes a side comment at Olive, Olive shoots back one of her own. This gets her sent to the principal’s office and Olive is given detention. It is there she sees her classmate Brandon (Dan Byrd) walking out of the office with a bloodied nose.

Later at home, Olive is with her parents and her adopted brother. Her mother Rosemary (Patricia Clarkson) and father Dill (Stanley Tucci) are very liberal and supportive of their daughter and her choices. Brandon comes over later and propositions Olive; she’ll pretend to sleep with him and make him appear straight, when in reality everyone knows he’s gay. She agrees and they pretend to have sex at a public party. Afterwards she bumps into an old crush Todd (Penn Badgley), whom she almost kissed years ago but instead lied about it when he said he wasn’t ready.

Now after apparently sleeping with two guys and the harassment starting to get to her, Olive decides to go with the flow. She begins to wear more provocative clothing and stitches a red ‘A’ to everything she wears. Boys begin to give her gift cards and money to say they’ve done sexual things with her to increase their own popularity, which only increases her rep.

However, things begin to go downhill quickly. Rhiannon, partly jealous of the attention Olive is getting, joins the church group protesting her. Olive is able to reconcile with Marianne but it is destroyed when Marianne’s boyfriend Micah (Cam Gigandet) gets an STD and says Olive gave it to him.

Olive sees Mrs. Griffith (Lisa Kudrow) who is crying and confesses that she is the one who slept with Micah. Olive promises to take the blame to save Mrs. Griffith’s job and marriage.

Olive becomes disillusioned with the fact that though everyone thinks she is sleeping around, no one will take the chance to actually date her. This changes when Anson (Jake Sandvig) comes up to her and asks her out. The date goes sour when Olive sees’ Rhiannon at the restaurant and remembers that she has a crush on Anson. Olive tries to recover and Anson attempts to pay her off, so she asks what they’ll say happened but Anson thinks he will actually get sex and tries to force himself on her. She resists and he drives off. Todd, who works at the restaurant, sees her and offers to drive her home.

Todd tells her that he doesn’t believe the rumor mill and thinks she’s actually great. He remembers how cool she was about not kissing him years ago and wishes she actually was his first kiss (her friend Rhiannon was and he says she was terrible). Olive is touched but says she can’t be with him until she sorts out her life.

Olive proceeds to go to the boys that propositioned her and tells them to fess up but most deny it, or in the case of Brandon who comes out to his parents, leave town altogether. When she goes to Mrs. Griffith to make her come clean, she refuses to and uses her authority as an adult to make it clear Olive won’t be believed over her. Olive runs to Mr. Griffith and tells the truth but immediately regrets how she did it, realizing she just ruined a marriage.

To get everything finally in the open, she does a song and dance number at a pep rally and pretends that she will be doing a sex show via web cam with Todd. In actuality (as the whole movie has been an extended flashback) she confesses what she has done. She also makes up with Rhiannon, apologizing for lying. When she is finishing up, Todd comes by riding a lawnmower and tells her to come out. She closes her web cam confession saying she really likes Todd and maybe she will lose her virginity to him in the future but at the end of the day it is no one’s business but her own. She leaves the house to kiss him and they ride off from the neighborhood on the lawnmower (a joke Olive made earlier on in the piece where she says "Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80’s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey").


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Zanne Devine known as producer
  • Alicia Emmrich known as associate producer
  • Will Gluck known as producer
  • Mark Benton Johnson known as co-producer (as Mark B. Johnson)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Emma Stone known as Olive
  • Penn Badgley known as Woodchuck Todd
  • Amanda Bynes known as Marianne
  • Dan Byrd known as Brandon
  • Thomas Haden Church known as Mr. Griffith
  • Patricia Clarkson known as Rosemary
  • Cam Gigandet known as Micah
  • Lisa Kudrow known as Mrs. Griffith
  • Malcolm McDowell known as Principal Gibbons
  • Aly Michalka known as Rhiannon
  • Stanley Tucci known as Dill
  • Fred Armisen known as Pastor
  • Juliette Goglia known as Eighth Grade Olive
  • Jake Sandvig known as Anson
  • Morgan Rusler known as Mr. Abernathy
  • Nikki Tyler-Flynn known as Mrs. Abernathy
  • Braeden Lemasters known as Eighth Grade Kid
  • Mahaley Manning known as Nina (as Mahaley Hessam)
  • Jameson Moss known as Evan
  • Blake Hood known as Kennedy Peters-Booth
  • Bryce Clyde Jenkins known as Chip
  • Neil Soni known as Zia
  • Stacey Travis known as Marianne's Mom
  • Bonnie Burroughs known as Micah's Mom
  • Eddie Applegate known as Micah's Grandfather
  • Norma Michaels known as Micah's Grandmother
  • Yolanda Snowball known as Receptionist
  • Andrew Fleming known as Doctor
  • Johanna Braddy known as Melody Bostic
  • David Gore known as Pre-Teen Kid
  • Lalaine known as Gossipy Girl
  • D'Anthony Palms known as Josh Wisniewski (as D'Anthony Wayne Palms)
  • Ryan Parker known as Kurt
  • Rawson Marshall Thurber known as Quiznos Guy (as Rawson Thurber)
  • Chris De Lorenzo known as Spectator In The Gym
  • Jillian Johnston known as Server
  • Nancy Karr known as Singing Server
  • Clay Black known as Singing Server
  • Bradley Charles Etheridge known as Singing Server (as Brad Etheridge)
  • Veerta Motiani known as Singing Server
  • Michael Strauss known as Singing Server
  • Lance Kerfuffle known as Clerk
  • Drew Koles known as Boy
  • Max Crumm known as Pontius
  • Jeremiah Hu known as Judas
  • Jessica Jann known as Jezebel
  • Danni Katz known as Harlot
  • Jason Kropik known as Mortimer
  • Julianne Celeste known as Gossip Girl Jogger (uncredited)
  • Seth Donavan known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Zack Kennedy known as Mr. Gleason (uncredited)
  • Bobby C. King known as Man Watching Skateboarders (uncredited)
  • Johnny Ruddell known as Drama Student (uncredited)
  • Micah Van Hove known as Stoner (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Desiree Dizard known as hair stylist
  • Donna-Lou Henderson known as makeup artist
  • Adruitha Lee known as hair department head
  • Tracy Manzo known as makeup artist
  • Maynard Matthews known as hair stylist (as Maynard G. Matthews)
  • Michelle Vittone known as makeup department head (as Michelle Vittone McNeil)
  • David Waterman known as key makeup artist
  • Jose Zamora known as key hair stylist (as Jose L. Zamora)

Art Department:

  • Guillaume DeLouche known as property master
  • Troy Hope known as paint supervisor
  • Carol Kiefer known as art department coordinator
  • David Lombard known as leadman
  • James P. Meehan known as assistant property master (as James Meehan)
  • C.J. Pyles known as on-set dresser (as CJ Pyles)
  • John Risso known as paint supervisor
  • Taylor Vaughan known as assistant property master
  • Doug Anderson known as plasterer (uncredited)
  • Ryan Claridge known as stand-by greens (uncredited)
  • Timothy Feimster known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Joey Genitempo known as stand-by painter (uncredited)
  • Laurin Guthrie known as set decoration buyer (uncredited)
  • Karen Higgins known as construction coordinator (uncredited)
  • Joe Mason known as art department assistant (uncredited)
  • Christopher Parker known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Tim Swope known as graphic artist (uncredited)
  • Richard Blake Wester known as set dresser (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Screen Gems (presents)
  • Olive Bridge Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • 424 Post  sound post-production
  • Animals of Distinction  animal trainers
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Designer Wardrobe Trailers  wardrobe trailer
  • Hula Post  editing systems
  • Klass Security and Investigations  film security
  • Madison Gate Records  soundtrack
  • Panavision  digital imaging
  • Picture Mill, The  main and end titles (as Picture Mill)
  • Reel Team, The  voice casting
  • Sony ColorWorks  digital intermediate (as ColorWorks)
  • Sony Pictures Studios  post services
  • The Event Department  catering


  • Screen Gems (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing Canada (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2010) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2012) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nordic (2011) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Argentina) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Zoic Studios (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Akemi Abe known as rotoscoping artist
  • Dave Isaac Santos Abuel known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Dave Abuel)
  • Suzette Barnett known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Suzette Barnet)
  • Raoul Bolognini known as visual effects producer: Zoic Studios (as Raoul Yorke Bolognini)
  • Phillip Broste known as compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Matthew G. Donnan known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Matt Donnan)
  • Ristra Fajarwaty known as compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Nathaniel Holroyd known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Nate Halroyd)
  • Carolyn Martin known as visual effects coordinator: Zoic Studios
  • Fumi Mashimo known as compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor: Zoic Studios
  • Cat Rowe known as digital colorist assist
  • Kristen Branan known as head of production: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
  • Chris Ingersoll known as compositor (uncredited)
  • Jesse Morrow known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Brian Nugent known as digital compositor: Flame artist (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 11 September 2010 (Toronto International Film Festival) (premiere)
  • Australia 16 September 2010
  • Canada 17 September 2010
  • USA 17 September 2010
  • Ireland 22 October 2010
  • UK 22 October 2010
  • Hungary 28 October 2010
  • Estonia 29 October 2010
  • Spain 29 October 2010
  • Bulgaria 5 November 2010
  • Kazakhstan 10 November 2010
  • Philippines 10 November 2010
  • Germany 11 November 2010
  • Russia 11 November 2010
  • Slovenia 11 November 2010
  • India 12 November 2010
  • Malaysia 18 November 2010
  • Egypt 24 November 2010
  • Croatia 25 November 2010
  • Israel 25 November 2010
  • Portugal 25 November 2010
  • Singapore 25 November 2010
  • Poland 26 November 2010
  • New Zealand 2 December 2010
  • Slovakia 16 December 2010
  • Sweden 25 December 2010
  • Belgium 5 January 2011
  • Norway 14 January 2011
  • Venezuela 21 January 2011
  • Denmark 3 February 2011
  • Netherlands 3 February 2011
  • Italy 4 March 2011
  • Argentina 23 March 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 7 April 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 20 April 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 8 June 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • France 15 June 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 8 February 2012 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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