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As per usual, Emma Stone delivers a flawless performance. I adore this movie (and I swear it's not just because I'm secretly in love with Stanley Tucci). The cast was great (though I feel Amanda Bynes didn't play her part as well as she could have. She was almost /too/ over-exaggeratedly annoying. (Your cliche is showing)). Mostly I enjoy this movie for how different it is compared to the usual chick-flick.
As far as teen movies go, one of the best. Acctually a fairly intelligent, interesting movie. Well, at least not as idiotic (although somethimes very entertaining) as most movies in this genre.
|Emma Stone||Olive Penderghast|
|Stanley Tucci||Dill Penderghast|
|Lisa Kudrow||Mrs. Griffith|
|Malcolm McDowell||Principal Gibbons|
|Penn Badgley||Woodchuck Todd|
|Patricia Clarkson||Rosemary Penderghast|
|Thomas Haden Church||Mr. Griffith|
|Juliette Goglia||Eighth Grade Olive|
|Stacey Travis||Marianne's Mom|
"The Rumour-Filled Totally False Account of How I Ruined my Flawless Reputation"
"A comedy about a good girl, a small favor and a big rumor"
Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) lies to her best friend Rhiannon Abernathy (Aly Michalka) about going on a date in order to get out of camping with Rhi's hippie parents. Instead, she hangs around the house all weekend listening to Natasha Bedingfield's "Pocketful of Sunshine". The following Monday, pressed by Rhiannon, Olive lies about losing her virginity to a college guy. Marianne Bryant (Amanda Bynes), a strictly religious girl at their school, overhears her telling the lie and soon it spreads like wildfire. The school's conservative church group run by Marianne decides Olive will be their next project.Olive confides the truth to her friend Brandon (Dan Byrd), and he explains how others bully him because he is gay. Brandon later asks Olive to pretend to sleep with him so that he will be accepted by everyone. Brandon convinces Olive and they pretend to have sex at a party.After having a fight with Rhiannon over Olive's new identity as a "dirty skank", Olive decides to counteract the harassment by embracing her new image as the school tramp. She begins to wear more provocative clothing and stitches a red "A" (similar to Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter) to everything she wears. Boys who usually have had no luck with girls in the past beg Olive to say they have had sex with her in order to increase their own popularity, in exchange for money, in turn increasing her reputation.Things get worse when Micah (Cam Gigandet), Marianne's 21-year-old boyfriend, contracts chlamydia from sleeping with Mrs. Griffith (Lisa Kudrow), the school counselor, and blames it all on Olive. Olive agrees to lie to cover up the affair so that the marriage of her favorite teacher, Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church), would be spared. Marianne's religious clique (which Rhiannon also joined) begins harassing Olive in order to get her to leave school.After an ill-fated date with Anson (Jake Sandvig), a boy who wants to pay her to actually sleep with him and not just pretend she did, Olive reconnects with Todd (Penn Badgley), her old crush, who is also the school's mascot. Todd then tells her that he does not believe the rumors because he remembers when she lied for him when he was not ready for his first kiss years ago. Olive then begins to ask everyone she lied for to help her out by telling the truth, but Brandon and Micah have abruptly left town and everyone else is enjoying their newfound popularity and do not want the truth to get out. Mrs. Griffith also refuses to tell the truth and when Olive threatens to expose her, Mrs. Griffith rebuffs her, saying no one would believe her. Olive, out of spite, then immediately tells Mr. Griffith, who believes her and separates from Mrs. Griffith.After a friendly talk with her eccentric, open-minded mother, Olive comes up with a plan to get everything finally out in the open. She then does a song and dance number at a school pep rally to get people's attention to watch her via web cam, where she confesses what she has done. The various boys whose reputations Olive helped improve are also shown watching. Later, Olive texts Rhiannon apologizing for lying to her. When she is finishing up her web cast, Todd comes by riding a lawnmower and tells her to come outside. She goes outside to meet him and the two are shown riding off on the lawnmower.
Theatrical : 2010-09-17 : United States of America
DVD : 2010-12-21