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Easy A

Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) is rumored to be an "easy woman." But in truth the teen is only pretending to be sleeping with her male classmates to improve their reputations. When she also begins studying The Scarlet Letter in her English class, she can't help noticing similarities between herself and the main character. Get the movie review and more. »

7

Overall: C-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 93
Theater Release: 17 Sep 2010
Video Release: 21 Dec 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What dangers of instant messaging are depicted in this movie? How can a person’s inability to control information on the web impact his or her reputation? What measures can an individual take to protect his or her privacy on social networking sites?

This film contains several plot holes. For instance, why should the student body even care about Olive’s sexual activities with an unknown boy? Would the students’ scorn be more justifiable if she had sex with someone in their school (possibly the boyfriend of a cheerleader or other popular student)? If this is the reaction of the students to one of their peers, why are other girls supposedly eager to sleep with boys that Olive has been with? In this movie, why is there a different standard for boys and girls when it comes to sexual activity? Does this apply in reality?

How does popularity differ from infamy?

p>The Scarlet Letter , which is referenced in this film, is a classic novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. The work of writer Sylvia Plath, known for advancing confessional style poetry, is also mentioned in the movie. How does her style of writing compare with material that is posted on personal blogs and websites today?

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