Olive Penderghast: Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80's movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80's movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life.
But Olive and I share something. That is a quirky relationship with our mothers. My mother may not be like her mom, who said this:
Rosemary: I had a similar situation when I was your age. I had a horrible reputation.... my mother and I have the funniest conversations. We once had something similar like this, about a couple of months ago:
Olive Penderghast: Why?
Rosemary: Because I slept with a whole bunch of people. Mostly guys.
Olive Penderghast: Mom!
Tara: You know, my friends think you're an interesting woman.
Mama: Why naman?
Tara: Eh kasi all those things we talk about, things you do.
Mama: Interesting is a state of mind. Like for example, I really wish I could've been more like you.
Tara: Like me? Like what? Boy-crazy?
Mama: Yes. And I wish I could've kissed more guys, too. Lalo na yung pogi na exes ko na hanggang holding hands lang kami.
We weren't like that when I was in high school though. And had we been, I know it would have been totally made a difference.
What I'm trying to say is, if I had a sister or a brother who's in high school, I would've plopped her on a couch and tied her till she finishes watching this movie. It's the answer to the incessant high school worry of fitting in. I will never admit it then, but I have always wanted to fit in. Or at least be accepted for who we are, not be ridiculed for it and/or be deemed cool. We all do. And while I think it's an inevitable process a high schooler will go through, I would like my hypothetical sibling to see this so she can go through it without resorting to drastic measures of inventing reputations, sucking it up to the cool kids or worse, destroying herself.
Plus, maybe then she would be inspired to read The Scarlet Letter unlike me in high school.
Have you seen Easy A? What do you think?