Emma Stone performed well in this movie. She carried the sentiment of the character into the movie, and her emotional state is palpable. She really cared the scene at Rock Lobster exceptionally well, also. The scene brought together three main themes: enduring friendship, secret love & disappointment mixed with revelation.
The movie is more of a modern Scarlet Letter, with liberties taken, than a traditional school girl movie. Both of these concepts are addressed in the commentary of Olive. The first, that of taking liberties, she directs at the film The Scarlet Letter starring Demi Moore. The second is covered directly in the opening scene on campus.
The synopsis above is horrible. Whoever wrote it must be a PR major, just graduated.
What is ironic about the film is it's efforts to denigrate the Christian characters. The antagonist, Mary Ann, daughter of the local non-Catholic pastor, spreads the rumor about Olive. In one scene, Mary Ann complains it is "so hard" to love the homosexuals and harlots. The camera pans to one young man in the circle, who turns his eyes uncomfortably side to side at others sitting next to him, as if he has a secret... implying the Christians are "all a big cover-up" as Rhi and Olive say to each other about Mary Ann.
So, the Christians embody all that is corrupt: hypocrisy, gossip, arrogance, unforgiveness, lust, preferring appearances over the heart of a matter & etc.
Meanwhile, Olive exhibits all the positive characteristics that Jesus said his people ought to have. Olive (like Hester Prynn) bears her shame in silence, she has compassion on the down trodden and those who are rejected. She comes to others in their times of need.
In short, it is a fun movie, with some good laughs and a moral... and it slams Christianity. It seems every movie these days must, in some way, trod on Christ, besmirch heterosexual males and/or call what is bad good and what is good bad.
And for that, I give it a 3.
Worth the matinee price.