Episode 36: Easy A (2010)

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.

Olive Penderghast, Easy A


Remember that time in high school English class that you were supposed to read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter? Did you read it? Or did you watch one of the movie versions? We decided to watch director Will Gluck and writer Bert V. Royal’s movie version that talks about all the other movie versions, while turning the concept into a John Hughes style high school comedy.

Does this movie really have anything to do with The Scarlet Letter? Why do we decide we’d like to see Emma Stone in a 30’s style screwball comedy? Can a movie character tell you exactly what’s going to happen in their movie and still have it be a surprise to watch? What’s the deal with Ojai? And why have some reviewers criticized this movie as anti-Christian? Join us as we spend our gift cards to watch and discuss this modern take on a very old story.

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