Olive Penderghast is a red haired high school girl from a warm, sunny town in the best tradition of California. To avoid spending the weekend camping with the weird family of her best friend, Rhianno, she invents a date with a mysterious college student named George (while she was involved in what you can see in the clip at the end of the article).
Due to a trivial misunderstanding, the whole school finds out that Olive has lost her virginity in a wild night of passion: from one day to another, all attentions are for her, who initially is surprised and flattered. But, naively, she underestimates the sudden popularity and, to help her friend Brandon, gay and victim of the usual bullies, pretends to have sex with him at a party, becoming officially the “new school slut” (it seems that every school must have one, real or presumed).
The USA never cease to amaze me in matters of movies based on famous classical works: in this comedy of mistakes, based on the famous novel “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorn, the protagonist decides deliberately to take a symbol, the red A printed on the chest, as legitimate provocation to a schematic world that wants her or invisible or slut.
Although the typical structure, the comedy is very pleasant, thanks to the actors (Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci priceless in the role of parents) and, above all, thanks to Emma Stone, funny, sarcastic, intelligent and tenderly romantic in the role of Olive.
It is interesting the reflection on the issue of popularity, so important in the high school world, especially American, linked to the relation with sexuality. In a world where what is important is what other people say about you, doesn’t matter if you really do something, but the pretending that you did. Dozens of plump and stammering nerds will do queue for “recruit” Olive as “fake” lover: you don’t sell more virginity, you sell the reputation, which is much more important. And, of course, a girl “who goes with all” has a wrong and counterproductive popularity beacuse it collides with the wall of respectability and puritanism still very much alive in the society of excess that is the American one.
Under the veil of school comedy that wants to entertain with stereotypes and misunderstandings, the movie also shows another way of life, represented by the family of Olive, uninhibited, fun and “easy“, compared to bigot religious group in school. A life more relaxed, where it isn’t necessary that everyone knows everything, where you can still have the intimacy of agenuine human relationship and can cultivate the romantic dreams of a girl who loves movies of the ’80s.
«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. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80’s movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life.»
To conclude, my favorite scene of the movie. Enjoy!
Easy A – Official Site