“Easy A”
 
            There are a lot of reasons for mature, older adult, practicing Christians not to like “Easy A”:
1)      It’s a movie designed for teenagers that openly talks about sexual activity
2)      It makes fun of sincere Christian believers, and parodies their singing, their praying, and their virginity morality.
3)      The main character, Olive (Emma Stone) lies, then when caught in the lie, just embellishes until it takes on a life of its own.
4)      The middle-aged school counselor (played by Lisa Kudrow) contracts an STD through contact with a student, but because the student is 21, it’s supposed to be technically legal, though still professionally irresponsible and morally reprehensible.  She then tries to coerce Olive into keeping quiet about it, and then tries to give her condoms.
5)      Olive’s parents tell her that her sexuality is her own business, and they support her no matter what she decides.  Her father also tells her that he used to be gay, and her mother tells her that she used to be promiscuous.
6)      Olive makes a video that breaks the 3rd commandment, using the Lord’s name merely for emphatic cursing.
7)      Olive goes to school dressed in lingerie with an “A” sewn over the her bustier, just to parody her schoolmates’ attitudes toward her, and also to demonstrate to her English teacher that she really has read her homework, “The Scarlet Letter.”
8)      The main character and her best friends, who are supposed to be in high school, are actually 22, 24, 24, and 25.  The casting just isn’t very convincing.
 
But then, there are other reasons why a mature, older adult, and a practicing Christian, would still enjoy “Easy A” anyway:
 
1)      The main character, Olive, actually does practice a strong personal morality, she just allows everyone to think otherwise to try to prove what they think doesn’t matter to her.  But then, she discovers that she’s more normal than she thought, that is, she is sensitive about her image, and susceptible to insinuations about her reputation.
2)      Olive has a sense of humor---about herself, about her situation, and about her own mistakes.  That endears her to us.
3)      Olive’s family, though seemingly determinedly strange, is actually loving, affectionate, and conversant, not to mention intact, which is a model worth mentioning.
4)      At the end, Olive rides off into the sunset (on a riding lawn mower, no less) with a boy who actually cares about her, and is not at all bothered by her “tarnished” reputation, which means that in the end, it’s about acceptance, and forgiveness, and redemption, and how can a Christian not appreciate those themes?
 
This reviewer will be curious to know if, in fact, “Easy A” establishes a broader appeal beyond its obvious target audience.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Greenville , Texas