Easy Virtue (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  19 June 2009 (USA)
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A young Englishman marries a glamorous American. When he brings her home to meet the parents, she arrives like a blast from the future - blowing their entrenched British stuffiness out the window.


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Between world wars, the Whittaker's estate is sinking; only the iron will of Mrs. Whittaker staves off bankruptcy while she awaits her son John's return from the continent. To her dismay, he brings a bride: an American widow who races cars. The bride, Larita, thinks she and John will visit and then go to London, where he'll work and she'll race. But John is to the manor born, and mother is nothing if not a master at plans and manipulation. Soon it's all-out war between mother and bride, with John's father, a burnt out veteran of the Great War, in the bride's corner ineffectually. Mother has a plan to join with the neighboring estate; only Larita is in her way. Can't we all get along? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In a family that prides itself as proper, vice becomes a virtue. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief partial nudity, and smoking throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 June 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buenas costumbres  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£225,772 (UK) (14 November 2008)


$2,656,324 (USA) (2 October 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Though not expressly stated, the story gives the impression that Larita is somewhat older than John (she repeated refers to him as a boy). In fact, Jessica Biel is actually younger than Ben Barnes by several months. See more »


(at around 17 mins) Jessica Biel is referred to as "where is our beautiful cougar hiding" by Charlotte Riley. The term cougar meaning a predatory older woman was first used in Canada in 1989 and was certainly unheard of at the turn of the last century. See more »


Mrs. Whittaker: Smile, Marion.
Marion Whittaker: I don't feel like smiling.
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Crazy Credits

The band playing the closing music calls out its members' names. See more »


Referenced in Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Episode #1.59 (2009) See more »


All God's Children Got Rhythm
Written by Bronislau Kaper, Walter Jurmann and Gus Kahn
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd. / EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (ASCAP / GEMA / ASCAP)
Licensed courtesy of EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Andy Caine with The Easy Virtue Orchestra
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That sound and authentic British humour!
4 April 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Brilliant, sparkling, joyful and sad, passionate and exciting, sweet and sour, elegant, refined and superbly ungraceful at the same time: contrasting adjectives are very fit for this captivating movie, which really hits the mark in a superb way. No flaw is to be found: the construction is solid and yet dynamic, highly-range acting is offered by the whole cast (but let me define Kristin Scott Thomas as sublime). The director creates a really enjoyable product, capable as it is of gaining the favour of the audience and to satisfy the viewer, both from an aesthetic and emotional point of view. The sound and authentic British humour stirring from the beginning to the end, makes one laugh but also think about the necessity to overcome a stuffy traditionalist attitude which make look back to a fossilized but no longer valid past,in order to let the new enter the scene, with all its dramatic potential of change. All certainties are questioned and prove to be dramatically frail. The conflict between the traditional English sobriety and self-control and the non-conformist American way of life gives rise to funny but also thoughtful moments of tension, subtly underlined by witty dialogues and emotionally engaging musical and dancing exchanges. A movie to be seen, heard, and enjoyed in every single part.

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