High school is the setting for this freewheeling comedic twist on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 19th-century novel The Scarlet Letter. Ambitious student Olive (Emma Stone) decides to boost her popularity by pretending to be the school slut. As the school’s swirling rumor mill increases both her notoriety and her finances, Olive enjoys her newfound status but eventually must decide which is more important: popularity or self-esteem.
Rating: 6 out of 10
I kept hearing this was actually pretty good and curiosity got the best of me. I was also curious if this was going to be another type of “Mean Girls.” Plus, I love funny, attractive women.
Emma Stone gave a pretty entertaining performance. She was very witty, smart and attractive. After reading some interviews and watching her at the Golden Globes, I think she seems like a very well rounded individual. I foresee a successful career for her in the future. Also, Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson were hilarious and great as Olive’s parents.
There are a several reasons why this was given a six. Reason one: The movie was much longer than it needed to be and didn’t need as many characters as it did. Reason Two: Unbelievable story. If there were emerging rumors about a girl sleeping around with lots of men, especially losers, you’d think people would start to realize “Okay, there’s no way that girl has slept with that many people.” Reason Three: A girl this smart, witty, attractive, and cool to be “unknown” to her high school cohorts doesn’t exist. Get rid of one of those traits and I will believe it. Last but not least is Reason Four: Amanda Bynes. She’s been type casted as the ‘funny girl’ her whole life and now in this film she was playing a religious bitch, which she did terribly. Her overacting gave me such a headache and I haven’t laughed at her since “All That.”