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Bert V. Royal (written by)
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Release Date:
17 September 2010 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A Comedy about a Good Girl, a Small Favor and a Big Rumor. See more »
Plot:
A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Emma Stone ... Olive

Penn Badgley ... Woodchuck Todd

Amanda Bynes ... Marianne

Dan Byrd ... Brandon

Thomas Haden Church ... Mr. Griffith

Patricia Clarkson ... Rosemary

Cam Gigandet ... Micah

Lisa Kudrow ... Mrs. Griffith

Malcolm McDowell ... Principal Gibbons

Aly Michalka ... Rhiannon

Stanley Tucci ... Dill

Fred Armisen ... Pastor

Juliette Goglia ... Eighth Grade Olive

Jake Sandvig ... Anson

Morgan Rusler ... Mr. Abernathy

Nikki Tyler-Flynn ... Mrs. Abernathy

Braeden Lemasters ... Eighth Grade Kid

Mahaley Manning ... Nina (as Mahaley Hessam)

Jameson Moss ... Evan

Blake Hood ... Kennedy Peters-Booth

Bryce Clyde Jenkins ... Chip
Neil Soni ... Zia

Stacey Travis ... Marianne's Mom

Bonnie Burroughs ... Micah's Mom

Eddie Applegate ... Micah's Grandfather
Norma Michaels ... Micah's Grandmother (as Norma Micheals)

Yolanda Snowball ... Receptionist

Andrew Fleming ... Doctor

Johanna Braddy ... Melody Bostic
David Gore ... Pre-Teen Kid

Lalaine ... Gossipy Girl

D'Anthony Palms ... Josh Wisniewski (as D'Anthony Wayne Palms)

Ryan Parker ... Kurt

Rawson Marshall Thurber ... Quiznos Guy (as Rawson Thurber)
Chris De Lorenzo ... Spectator In The Gym

Jillian Johnston ... Server

Nancy Karr ... Singing Server

Clay Black ... Singing Server
Bradley Charles Etheridge ... Singing Server (as Brad Etheridge)
Veerta Motiani ... Singing Server
Michael Strauss ... Singing Server
Lance Kerfuffle ... Clerk

Drew Koles ... Boy
Max Crumm ... Pontius
Jeremiah Hu ... Judas

Jessica Jann ... Jezebel

Danni Katz ... Harlot

Jason Kropik ... Mortimer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julianne Celeste ... Gossip Girl Jogger (uncredited)

Seth Donavan ... High School Student (uncredited)
Zack Kennedy ... Mr. Gleason (uncredited)

Bobby C. King ... Man Watching Skateboarders (uncredited)
Johnny Ruddell ... Drama Student (uncredited)
Micah Van Hove ... Stoner (uncredited)

Directed by
Will Gluck 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Bert V. Royal (written by)

Produced by
Zanne Devine .... producer
Alicia Emmrich .... associate producer
Will Gluck .... producer
Mark Benton Johnson .... co-producer (as Mark B. Johnson)
 
Original Music by
Brad Segal 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Grady (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Susan Littenberg 
 
Casting by
Lisa Miller Katz  (as Lisa Miller)
 
Production Design by
Marcia Hinds 
 
Art Direction by
Bo Johnson 
 
Set Decoration by
Karen Agresti 
 
Costume Design by
Mynka Draper 
 
Makeup Department
Desiree Dizard .... hair stylist
Donna-Lou Henderson .... makeup artist
Adruitha Lee .... hair department head
Tracy Manzo .... makeup artist
Maynard Matthews .... hair stylist (as Maynard G. Matthews)
Oney Syers II .... hair stylist
Michelle Vittone .... makeup department head (as Michelle Vittone McNeil)
David Waterman .... key makeup artist
Jose Zamora .... key hair stylist (as Jose L. Zamora)
 
Production Management
Glenn S. Gainor .... unit production manager
Cliff Rogers .... production supervisor (as Clifford L. Rogers)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Todd Amateau .... first assistant director
Heather Kritzer .... additional second assistant director
Anthony J. Nahar .... second assistant director
Will Sandoval .... second second assistant director
Bruce A. Simon .... additional second assistant director
 
Art Department
Guillaume DeLouche .... property master
Troy Hope .... paint supervisor
Carol Kiefer .... art department coordinator
David Lombard .... leadman
James P. Meehan .... assistant property master (as James Meehan)
C.J. Pyles .... on-set dresser (as CJ Pyles)
John Risso .... paint supervisor
Taylor Vaughan .... assistant property master
Doug Anderson .... plasterer (uncredited)
Ryan Claridge .... stand-by greens (uncredited)
Timothy Feimster .... set dresser (uncredited)
Joey Genitempo .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Laurin Guthrie .... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
Karen Higgins .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Mason .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Christopher Parker .... set dresser (uncredited)
Tim Swope .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Richard Blake Wester .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Deb Adair .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Fox .... boom operator
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Scott G.G. Haller .... supervising dialogue editor
Andrea Horta .... adr supervisor
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Larry .... sound editor
Harrison D. Marsh .... sound mixer
Herwig Maurer .... sound editor
Jacob Riehle .... dialogue editor (as Jake Riehle)
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Brian Smith .... adr mixer
Tim Tuchrello .... assistant sound editor
Jon Wakeham .... supervising sound editor
Michael Fowler .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Eric Harwood .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Paul Pirola .... additional mixing (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bret Barrett .... special effects technician
Tyler Matson .... special effects coordinator
Darin O'Neill .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Akemi Abe .... rotoscoping artist
Dave Isaac Santos Abuel .... compositor: Zoic Studios (as Dave Abuel)
Bijay Awale .... digital compositor
Suzette Barnett .... compositor: Zoic Studios (as Suzette Barnet)
Raoul Bolognini .... visual effects producer: Zoic Studios (as Raoul Yorke Bolognini)
Phillip Broste .... compositor: Zoic Studios
Matthew G. Donnan .... compositor: Zoic Studios (as Matt Donnan)
Ristra Fajarwaty .... compositor: Zoic Studios
Nathaniel Holroyd .... compositor: Zoic Studios (as Nate Halroyd)
Alberto Ludeña .... digital artist
Carolyn Martin .... visual effects coordinator: Zoic Studios
Fumi Mashimo .... compositor: Zoic Studios
Rocco Passionino .... visual effects supervisor: Zoic Studios
Cat Rowe .... digital colorist assist
Jonathan Wolfe .... main title animator
Kristen Branan .... head of production: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
Chris Ingersoll .... compositor (uncredited)
Jesse Morrow .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Brian Nugent .... digital compositor: Flame artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Brian Patrick Collins .... stunts (as Brian Collins)
Mike Gunther .... stunts
Cassidy Hice .... stunts
Bobby C. King .... stunt coordinator
Dave Macomber .... stunts (as David Macomber)
Tony Snegoff .... stunts
Marcus Young .... stunts
Spencer Andrews .... stunts (uncredited)
Roger Stoneburner .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael P. Catanzarite .... dolly grip
Derek K. Cunningham .... best boy grip
Ulysses Domalaon .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as F. Ulysses Domalaon)
Cory Gunter .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Geoffrey Haley .... Steadicam operator
Geoffrey Haley .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael Brian Hart .... best boy rigging (as Michael B. Hart)
Aubrey Husar .... key grip
Mike Karasick .... chief lighting technician (as Michael Karasick)
John Linares .... assistant chief lighting technician
John Scott Mills .... digital imaging technician (as John Mills)
Brian Giuseppe Morena .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Brian Morena)
Arturo Rojas .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Patrick Rousseau .... camera operator: "a" camera
George Sugar .... rigging gaffer
Adam L. Taylor .... still photographer (as Adam Taylor)
Michael Uva .... dolly grip (as Michael G. Uva)
Karl Vindler .... video assist
Jesse Crusing .... electrician (uncredited)
Jeff Griffith .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Leo Ibanez .... grip (uncredited)
Louis Isman .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Rex Kenney .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Jordan Lapsansky .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Jake Leannah .... electrician (uncredited)
Chris Linares .... electrician (uncredited)
BJ McDonnell .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
BJ McDonnell .... additional steadicam operator (uncredited)
Yen P. Nguyen .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Joel Perkal .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Joseph Wisniewski .... casting associate
Brandi S. Hawkins .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Meg Goodwin .... costumer
Linda Huse .... key costumer
La Shan Knox .... costumer
Elaine McGhee .... costumer
Lori Jean Sacks .... costumer (as Lori Sacks)
Rosemary Bengele Sater .... costumer
Lisa Wujick .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Steve Bowen .... digital colorist
Douglas Slocum .... first assistant editor
Debra L. Tennant .... assistant editor (as Debra Tennant)
Reza Amidi .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer (uncredited)
Yana Gorskaya .... additional editor (uncredited)
Cat Rowe .... digital color assist (uncredited)
Benjamin Sutor .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Matt Sweat .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Wende Crowley .... music supervisor
Joshua Minyard .... score mixer
Nicholas Rose .... soundtrack
Sherry Whitfield .... music editor
Jim Black .... music clearance (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James Andrews .... transportation co-captain
Dan Brizendine .... transportation captain (as Daniel Brizendine)
Keenan Haight .... driver
Yvette Peterson .... driver
Neil Chisholm .... production van driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Toussaint Banks .... production assistant
William Batsel .... production assistant
David C. Bernat .... production coordinator
Kimberly Bishop .... production assistant (as Kimberly Anne Bishop)
Jody Blose .... script supervisor
Julianne Celeste .... production assistant
Almarie Clifford .... studio teacher
Nick Costantino .... assistant accountant
Fermin Davalos .... location manager
Sue Ellen .... production representative
Jesse Fox Chaney .... assistant: Mr. Devine
Jennifer Hamilton .... choreographer
Keith Jackson .... production assistant
Shadow Peter Kingsley .... production secretary (as Shadow Kingsley)
Michael Klastorin .... unit publicist
Kristofer Kolpek .... production assistant (as Kris Kolpek)
Jamie Lieberman .... assistant: Mr. Gainor
Bohne Lipsey .... production assistant (as Bohne Leah Lipsey)
Kev Magee .... assistant production coordinator (as Kevin Magee)
Eric Mills .... key assistant location manager
Ashley O'Bryant .... production assistant
Nick Graham Rogers .... production assistant (as Nicholas G. Rogers)
Glenn Schneider .... caterer
Charlie E. Scott Jr. .... craft service
Anneke Scott .... production assistant
Charlie Scott .... craft service (as Charlie E. Scott III)
Alison R. Smith .... animal trainer
David Stepheson .... production assistant
Jack Stern .... studio teacher
Matt Sweat .... production assistant
Samara Vise .... production assistant
Bill Wesley .... assistant location manager (as William T. Westley)
Ryan Whan .... production accountant
Benjamin Benedetti .... post facilities manager (uncredited)
Asher Blumberg .... production assistant (uncredited)
Claire Chandou .... key assistant accountant (uncredited)
Annette Dash .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Ryan C. Fill .... loop group voice (uncredited)
Christina Hwang .... title producer (uncredited)
Dani Jayden .... stand-in: Chip (uncredited)
Lynn Johnson .... set medic (uncredited)
Danni Katz .... stand-in: Olive (uncredited)
Brian Kruse .... utility stand-in (uncredited)
Ashley Lambert .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Todd A. Marks .... computer/video playback supervisor (uncredited)
Maggie Martin .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Tracy E. Maurer .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Steve Solomon .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Erin Stern .... set production assistant (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material
Runtime:
92 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Emma Stone's brother appears in the party scene after Olive and Brandon pretend to have sex.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As Todd is driving Olive home, you can see the speedometer as they drive down Olive's street. Even though they are clearly moving, the speedometer says 0 MPH (miles per hour).See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Olive Penderghast:The rumors of my promiscuity have been greatly exaggerated.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
When Life Gives Me Lemons I Make LemonadeSee more »

FAQ

What does "Kinsey 6" mean?
What is the bookstore that Olive visits that has books on the outside of the store?
What song is playing when Olive is sent to the principals office?
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19 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
F'in "A", 21 September 2010
Author: SylvesterFox007 from United States

The more I thought about "Easy A", the less I liked it. This is a shame, because while there's plenty to like about it, there's just as much to dislike. The movie is inspired by "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, which I'll admit, I never got around to studying in my A.P. English class. But I know the book is about adultery, which the movie has very little to do with. True, there is some adultery in the movie. But whenever the term is thrown around in the movie, it doesn't mean what the filmmakers seem to think it means. "Adultery", for the record, is when a married person sleeps with someone other than his or her spouse. Olive Penderghast, as played by Emma Stone, never sleeps with a married person. In fact, she never sleeps with anyone at all.

Instead, the plot starts when Olive invents a fictional boyfriend to get out of going camping with her best friend (Aly Michalka, currently starring on The CW's "Hellcats") and her bizarre parents. Soon, the rumor mill starts churning, and extra-virgin Olive gets a reputation as the kind of girl who "puts out." Moral of the story: gossip is bad. But it doesn't end there. Olive's goals as a protagonist are unclear. Confusingly, she alternates each scene between trying to dispel the rumor and trying to fuel it. You see, no one paid attention to poor Olive when they thought she was a virgin. Because she's too smart. Or nerdy. Or something. Never mind that guys everywhere would be tripping over themselves noticing her because she looks exactly like Emma Stone. Of course, the cliché of the beautiful nerd who everyone ignores has been used in countless movies before. But at least they usually put a pair of glasses on her and give her a funny hairdo until her "transformation." In "Easy A", gorgeous Emma Stone always looks like gorgeous Emma Stone.

Of course, it could easily have been a plot point that guys won't talk to Olive because she chooses to be a virgin. But again the character waffles between being a virgin because she's "not that kind of girl" and just being a virgin because guys won't talk to her. Anyway, the movie is framed as a web-cast in which Olive bares her soul to her entire high school. Because we're expected to believe that high schoolers spend their free time watching their classmates' web-casts. Or that two hours of confession will convince them of anything other than Olive's desperation for attention.

Leading Olive's persecution is Marianne (Amanda Bynes), the head of the high school's Bible study. Because in the "Easy A" universe, Christians are the scum of society. Nazis in any given movie set during WWII are portrayed more sympathetically than Christians are here. Amanda Bynes' character spews out ignorance and hatred while her cohorts nod and strum praise music with vacant expressions. True, there are people in real life that fit the stereotype, but the film makes no attempt to balance them out with at least one character who dares to stand up to Marianne, or to utter a word of disagreement with her, or even to possess a real personality. They just act as Marianne's brainwashed followers, while their preacher ogles high school students doing web-casts in his spare time. They're nothing more than cartoon villains.

Not that any of the other characters are any more realistic or any less cartoony, but at least they have solid performances behind them. Michalka's character is filled with fun energy, Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson steal the shows as Olive's wacky parents, Thomas Haden Church gets some good lines as Olive's favorite teacher, and Malcolm McDowell is criminally underused as the school principal. But it makes sense that Amanda Bynes chose to retire after filming "Easy A." I've never really thought of her as a bad actress. But here she plays against type, and it results in the worst performance of both Bynes' career and this movie. It's hard to tell whether she's playing Marianne as completely insincere and phony or if it's just terrible acting, but either way she succeeds in giving her character less than a single dimension.

Another problem with the movie becomes apparent within the first few minutes. The pitch for the movie was "The Scarlet Letter" in a modern day high school by way of 1980's John Hughes teen comedies. The movie won't quit reminding the audience of this. While some self-awareness is always good, calling out that something's cliché as it happens doesn't make it any less cliché. By the time Haden Church's character mentions that he doesn't want to be like the cliché hip teacher his students see in all of the movies, you get the idea of how it would have felt if the cast of "Alien" had spent the entire movie discussing how their scenario was just like Jaws . . . but in outer space. While there are some clever lines, most of the time, the dialog's too "clever" for its own good.

Emma Stone deserves her turn as a leading lady. Unfortunately, her charm isn't enough to carry the film. I enjoyed her more in her supporting turn as the last surviving hottie of a zombie apocalypse in "Zombieland." If the movie were cut down to its most promising moments, a scene where Stone belts along to a Natasha Bedingfield song (already viewable a dozen places online), a similar scene where she gets a full song and dance number towards the end, and any scene showcasing the family dynamics between Stone, Tucci, and Clarkson, it would have been a more enjoyable film, and it would have been rid of about an hour and ten minutes of uncomfortable dialogue. Unfortunately for screenwriter Bert V. Royal, it'd also be rid of the plot.

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