I haven’t reviewed or recommended many movies in this blog, but I just completed watching the movie called “Easy A“, which deals with the ruining of a teens reputation by through cyberbullying. The movie has just been released on DVD and was recommended to me as a movie to watch as a resource on bullying.
It is a PG-13 movie and definitely one for the 13 and over crowd. The story involves a teen girl who lies about sleeping with a boy and then it is compounded through cyberbullying to giving her the reputation of a girl who sleeps around. The particular girl is anything but this type of person and as the lie escalates, she realizes the damage it can do to both her and other young people who suffer with bullying.
While it is not solely about bullying, it is a main theme in the movie and the way that she is treated and her decision to use the lie to help other teens who have suffered with bullying is one of the more compelling parts of the movie. It is a movie that is certainly focused on female bullying, where reputation and loss of friends are main themes.
I don’t want to give away the whole story here or the way the movie handles the issue of cyberbullying, but it is a good movie for parents to watch with their teens and then discuss afterward. Another interesting part of the movie is the tie to the book “The Scarlet Letter”, which is also about the bullying of a female during the early days of America based on a lie as well. The parallels made in “Easy A” make you realize that the situation that Nathaniel Hawthorne discusses in the book “The Scarlet Letter” really is a form of bullying in the early days of America. I was impressed with how this movie, even though it is disguised as a teen movie, handled this sensitive theme. It is a good movie to watch either as a family or in a High School class and then discuss the bullying issue afterward.
While it is a movie and does have parts which feel unrealistic, it is a good example of how rumors can hurt someone. Even someone who outwardly appears to be OK with the lies.