A First Look at ‘Easy A’


Now I’ve never completely read “The Scarlet Letter” (sorry sophomore English teacher!), but I think if it had a high school setting, “Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield would not be its theme song. The marketing department behind the new film “Easy A,” however, begs to differ.

Like I said, “Easy A” is a modern adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.” When Olive (Emma Stone of “Zombieland” and “”Superbad”) lies about her virginity, the high school rumor mill starts churning. Olive soon learns to use this to her advantage and she continues to find parallels between her life and what goes on in Hawthorne’s novel.

The first-look clip below shows Olive getting a music card from her grandmother. At first, she declares “Pocketful of Sunshine” a stupid song, but as the weekend progresses, she finds she can’t stop singing the song — whether in the shower, to her dog, or just by herself in her room.

“Easy A” looks like it’s going to follow the same vein as “Clueless” (adapted from Jane Austen’s “Emma”) and that’s just fine with me. Of course, “The Scarlet Letter” is a more puritan affair, so hopefully this film loosens it up a bit.

“Easy A” will be in theatres Sept. 17 and stars Stone, Stanley Tucci, Lisa Kudrow, Thomas Haden Church, Malcolm McDowell and Amanda Bynes.

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