Not another teen movie, you are thinking. Well, this one isn't exactly the cookie-cutter standard. Yet, you might get the slight feel of John Tucker Must Die since Penn Badgley has about the same role. And he plays these roles well, as your better than average guy, Woodchuck Todd the mascot who was once the Blue Devil mascot at the school. Unfortunately, because of Amanda Bynes (ooober-religious Marianne) and her praying posse change things at school for the better.
|Amanda Bynes says this will be her last movie on Twitter. She's retiring.|
OK, sorry if I'm getting ahead here.
Premise : After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. Written by Sony Pictures.
And Emma Stone is the perfect Olive, who's a little sarcastic. Smart. Stays at home a lot. And Alyson Michalka practically steals the scene every-time as her overbearing friend Rhiannon who definitely generated the rumor of Olive losing her virginity in the first place.
Thomas Hayden Church plays the interesting Mr. Griffith, Olive's English teacher. And darn if they would be studying the Scarlet Letter. Well, Olive documents her own Scarlet Letter story as it unfolds. Olive explains all in her vlog. And there are so many twists and turns as she soon finds out, faking it might not be the best thing to do, after-all when she figures out how damaging a lie can be, even if she has sexed up her wardrobe and plastered a RED A on her outfits.
Malcolm MacDowell plays a rather intriguing and scary principal. Patricia Clarkson as Olive's Mom is sometimes a little too cute for comfort. Yet, I'm sure many of us feel that way about our Mom.
Although, its not a laugh a minute comedy. It does have its moments. It will make you think about your own school and the rumor mill. It is one film that isn't unraveling at the seams with sex, sex, sex. Yet, all may not be as it seems, either. I did like the flashback of movies from the 80's. But I wouldn't say its the new 16 Candles either.