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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 »

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Comedy | Romance

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

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19 June 2009 (USA)  »

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Buenas costumbres  »

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Opening Weekend:

£341,099 (United Kingdom), 9 November 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$143,038, 24 May 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,656,324, 4 October 2009
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This is the second time that actor Colin Firth appears in a film based on a play written by Noël Coward. The first was Relative Values (2000). See more »

Goofs

Both Larita and Marion are seen reading "Lady Chatterley's Lover," which was not published in England until 1960 (the film is set in the late 1920s or early 1930s). (Of course, Larita could have brought the book with her from the Continent.) See more »

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Larita Whittaker: Cook, I can't call you a verb, your name?
Cook: Beatrice.
[Everyone stares]
Cook: All right, all right, it's Doris. Sorry madam. Always wanted to be called Beatrice.
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The band playing the closing music calls out its members' names. See more »

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Version of La comedia: Fácil virtud (1983) See more »

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Mad About the Boy
Written by Noël Coward
Published by Chappell Music Ltd. (PRS)
All rights administered by Chappell & Co. Inc.
Licensed courtesy of Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Performed by Jessica Biel with The Easy Virtue Orchestra
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Witty & Wonderful
14 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

Easy Virtue is a very liberal adaptation of Noel Coward's play. Director Stephan Elliot (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) has tried to make the film more contemporary and very distinct from the Merchant-Ivory school of film.

The story is set in the roaring twenties where John (Ben Barnes) from an aristocratic English family marries Larita (Jessica Biel), an American race driver, after a whirlwind romance in France. However his mother Veronica (Kristin Scott Thomas) is none too pleased while John's father Jim (colin Firth) finds a soul mate in Larita. These relationships, including those with John's sisters, make for a very intriguing and entertaining hour and a half, The acting, as could be expected from such a cast is uniformly excellent with perhaps Jessica Biel standing out a little more.

One of Stephan Elliot's nice touches is an anachronistic use of such songs as Car Wash and Sex Bomb, done in a very twenties style. The addition of a hilarious "dog scene" is another nice touch. Fans of Noel Coward (and even Merchant-Ivory) won't be disappointed.


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