Easy A

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Teen Scarlet Letter update is smart but risque.

PG-13 2010 100 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 31 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 109 reviews

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age 17+

Totally Inappropriate

A website recommended this movie for teens. It is rated PG-13 and so I thought it would be good to watch with my newly 13 year old. My husband and I were appalled to say the least. This movie went from bad to worse to horrendous! First, the swearing begins immediately and is throughout the movie. Her best friend used B*****, W*****, etc. every time she speaks. Second, the "one" white lie turns into more and more lies about increasingly disturbing behavior by both kids and adults. The movie ends with her doing a strip tease on the gym floor and basically blackmailing the principal from stopping it to get everyone to watch her live feed instead of the game. It sensationalizes bad behavior and she ends with her happy and with the guy she likes in the end. The only one hurt was her "favorite" teacher who was trying to keep the kids on the straight and narrow. She uncovers the fact that his wife is having sex with other students and passing on STD's. No lasting repercussions for her though. Just a horrible movie!!!!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 16+

Potentially dangerous to young girls.

Easy A has one scene early on where Emma Stone is walking across school and says something along the lines of "No one noticed me before they all thought I had sex, now everyone notices me." which I think is a dangerous narrative to be presenting to young girls, especially girls that haven't experienced high school yet. Anyone who has actually been to high school knows how unrealistic this movie is, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it to girls in middle school. There is also some religion bashing, not that I am religious, or particularly care, but it's not an accurate representation of the majority of young Christian women. Given, this movie has a good end message, but I'm not sure the last 10% of the movie is worth the first 90% that over forces the idea that a women's worth is based on her virginity.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 17, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: December 21, 2010
  • Cast: Amanda Bynes, Emma Stone, Penn Badgley
  • Director: Will Gluck
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material
  • Last updated: March 5, 2023

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