Skip To Content

    30 Thoughts I Had While Watching "Easy A" For The First Time As An Adult

    Me: "Easy A is Emma Stone's best role." Everyone: "Why would you say something so controversial yet so brave?"

    Earlier this month, Netflix added Easy A (dir. Will Gluck, 2010) to their list of titles, and ya girl was EXCITED.

    Screen Gems

    I used to watch this movie all the time in high school — much to my mother's annoyance. However, I haven't watched it in almost a decade. But you know what they say, there's no time like the present!

    Screen Gems

    So sit back, cuddle up with your copy of The Scarlet Letter, and enjoy:

    1. OK, right off the bat — and this may be because I went to film school* and I can't NOT notice these things — but I cannot believe that Penn Badgley got billed before Amanda Bynes**!

    Opening titles of Easy A
    Screen Gems

    *Yes, I'm aware of how headass that sounded.

    **Upon watching further, they billed all the actors in alphabetical order! Which makes way more sense.

    2. Did...Olive invent vlogging?

    Olive talking to her webcam
    Screen Gems

    Olive Penderghast walked so YouTubers could run.

    3. *George Clooney has entered the chat*:

    Olive and Rhiannon walking across the quad
    Screen Gems

    4. OMG, the montage of Olive singing "Pocketful of Sunshine" is a cinematic moment:

    Olive taking a shower
    Screen Gems

    5. AHHH Penn Badgley...despite my love for him, the Blue Devils mascot costume is LAZY AF:

    Screen Gems

    TBH, I kinda like the Woodchucks. Just me? OK.

    6. And so our plot begins! Again, will never understand why high schoolers care if/when their fellow students lose their virginities...or maybe it's a cliché invented by Hollywood!!

    Screen Gems

    7. I WAS NOT READY FOR THIS LINE!

    Olive and her family having dinner
    Screen Gems

    Can we ALL agree that Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci should play cool and quirky parents in every teen movie?

    8. OK, I do not condone Olive calling this girl a "tw@t," BUT methinks Nina should have also been punished!

    Nina addressing Olive in class
    Screen Gems

    Like, how can you call someone a tramp in English class and not suffer any consequences?? Also, slut shaming! And bullying!

    9. I can't help but wonder if Rhiannon didn't push Olive for false information/listened when she tried to come clean, then we wouldn't have been caught in this web o' lies:

    Rhiannon and Olive walking on campus
    Screen Gems

    10. UGH, I forgot that this all started because she wanted to help Brandon, who was getting bullied for being gay:

    Brandon talking to Olive in her bedroom
    Screen Gems

    11. I would never, EVER let teens have sex in my room at my party. Isn't that what guest rooms are for?

    Screen Gems

    Even if it's pretend sex...Melody Bostic didn't know that!

    12. AHH yes, the double standard of men having sex in HS and women having sex in HS:

    Olive and Brandon leaving the bedroom after pretending to have sex
    Screen Gems

    13. HOLY SHIT! $200!! AND A DILDO!!

    Brandon's gift card and vibrator present for Olive
    Screen Gems

    14. CAN SOMEONE SAY "CULTURAL RESET"?

    Olive walking down the hallway in her first corset
    Screen Gems

    We love a literary clapback.

    15. And the PLOT THICKENS:

    Olive standing in front of the pool
    Screen Gems

    It's like fight club...but for fake prostitution.

    16. Ugh, this monologue fucking HIT ME IN THE FEELS!

    Screen Gems

    "What ever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in '80s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawn mower 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's got me. Just once, I want my life to be like an '80s movie. Preferably, one with a really awesome musical number...for no apparent reason. But no, John Hughes did not direct my life."

    17. Mr. Griffith standing up for Olive and caring about her wellbeing is why teachers are not paid enough:

    Olive's teacher and guidance counselor talking in his classroom
    Screen Gems

    Too bad Mrs. Griffith is shit at her job and provided no guidance whatsoever — even though that's LITERALLY in her job description as the GUIDANCE COUNSELOR!

    18. MICAH! Why did you lie and say Olive gave you chlamydia? Just as she was becoming friends with Marianne, too:

    Screen Gems

    As if I needed MORE proof as to why men ain't shit...

    19. WAIT! MRS. GRIFFITH GAVE MICAH CHLAMYDIA? Not only is she awful at her job, she's also a cheater*:

    Mrs. Griffith talking to Olive in her office
    Screen Gems

    Mrs. Griffith ain't shit, either.

    *Yes, Micah is 20...but she's still sleeping with a student.

    20. Maybe if these kids minded their business/didn't believe every rumor they heard, Olive wouldn't be in this situation:

    Olive in a confession booth
    Screen Gems

    I wish I could hop into the movie and give her a hug.

    21. OK, Patricia Clarkson has worn this exact yellow dress in every scene she's appeared in:

    Rosemary sitting on the couch
    Screen Gems

    It's 'cause she's a pocketful of sunshine. We love to see it!

    *Writer's note: OK, toward the end of the movie, she's seen in a different dress, but that's OUTSIDE of the house. So maybe this is her house dress? The jury's still out. Stay tuned.

    22. Once again: MEN. AIN'T. SHIT:

    Anson presenting Olive with a gift card
    Screen Gems

    Um, it's not at ALL okay that he tried to force himself on Olive. Lock him up with Mrs. Griffith.

    23. Re: above statement...OK, maybe not ALL men:

    Todd driving Olive home
    Screen Gems

    24. WHAT HAVE I BEEN SAYING?? MIND YA BUSINESS TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH!

    Todd driving Olive home
    Screen Gems

    25. WOW. That joke really came full circle:

    Olive talking to a girl on the street after reflecting on something from earlier in the movie
    Screen Gems

    Also. LALAINE!

    26. Can we all agree that Mrs. Griffith is the villain of this movie???

    Mrs. Griffith talking to Olive in her office
    Screen Gems

    Her "bad decision" was to help you...and now you won't help her? Whack.

    27. I fully support Olive outing Mr. Griffith's cheating wife to him:

    Olive confessing to Mr. Griffith
    Screen Gems

    28. WE LOVE GUERRILLA MARKETING!! How do you get people to go home and watch your webcast about how you're not a trollop? By singing a sexy song, of course!

    Screen Gems

    ALSO! She got her musical number...for no apparent reason.

    29. OMG WOODCHUCK TODD!!

    Todd's romantic gesture for Olive
    Screen Gems

    Boombox? Check. Lawn mower? Check. Waiting outside? Check. All we need is the Judd Nelson fist thrust...

    30. AND WE GOT THE JUDD NELSON FIST THRUST!!

    Olive and Todd ridding off into the sunset on a lawnmower
    Screen Gems

    Full. Friggin'. Circle. Will Gluck does not miss!

    Moral of the story: mind ya business and stan Patricia Clarkson for clear skin and good health.

    Nostalgia Trip

    Take a trip down memory lane that’ll make you feel nostalgia AF

    Newsletter signup form