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Emma Stone plays a self-assured student who finds herself the centre of scandalous gossip.

It’s just like the heroine of the book she is currently studying – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 19th-century American classic, The Scarlet Letter.

Stone gets in this fix after telling a little white lie about spending a passionate weekend with a college student in order to get out of a social engagement. Unfortunately, her fib is overheard and soon becomes hot gossip among her peers.

As the lie grows, fuelled by squeaky-clean student Amanda Bynes, Stone decides to use the rumour mill to advance her social standing in the school, but naturally the situation gets out of hand.

This cleverly written movie delivers some sharp observations on teenage life with a good sprinkling of funny lines, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci and Thomas Haden Church are good value in support and Stone definitely gets an A for effort.