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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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Let's Misbehave! See more »

Genres:

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)  »

Also Known As:

Buenas costumbres  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£225,772 (UK) (14 November 2008)

Gross:

$2,656,324 (USA) (2 October 2009)
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2.35 : 1
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Colin Firth and Kris Marshall have previously appeared together in Love Actually (2003). See more »

Goofs

When Larita first sees John after the race in Monte Carlo the mechanic in the bottom right of the shot takes his hat off and waves it in the air. A second or so later when she looks back at John, the same mechanic takes his hat off and waves it again indicating the shot was duplicated. See more »

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Phillip Hurst: Game one of the Antarctic open, Mr Whitaker to South.
[John serves straight into Hilda's backside]
Hilda Whittaker: Oooow!
Phillip Hurst: Hole in one!
John Whittaker: Deuce
Phillip Hurst: [continues to comment as they play] I see your pair of deuces, and I raise you a tenner... The titanic could've hit that... Sarah, you're an embarrassment to the Hurst family name, I'm going to have you killed.
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There's a Director Wrangler listed in the credits. See more »

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

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Orpheus in the Underworld: Can Can
Written by Jacques Offenbach
Licensed courtesy of Universal Publishing Production Music
Additional arrangement by Marius De Vries
Additional performace by The Easy Virtue Orchestra
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Easy Virtue - easy on the eyes - a charming and crafted film
17 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is not uncommon in a film to see British "stiff upper lip" challenged and outflanked by an outsider - normally an American. As a Brit you learn to put aside any feelings of protectiveness and sensitivity and try to give the film it's fair credit when such a story is presented to you.

In the case of this film - Easy Virtue - this is not difficult to do as it is a well acted gem of a period piece that overcomes any of the initial worries about stereotypes and charms and amuses all the way through.

Kirstin Scott Thomas is superb as the glacial matriarch, Colin Firth detached and louche as her distant husband, Jessica Biel believable as the breath of fresh air ( gust of cold wind ) introduced into the family by the eager but naive son.

Kris Marshall gives an amusing performance as the world weary - seen it all butler and as a whole this is a good enjoyable film.

Taken as it is from a Noel Coward play, I am not sufficiently qualifies to comment on how much , or little, the film has changed the spirit of the play - I suspect not a lot as Mr Coward delighted in ridiculing the sensibilities of the British gentry and if the stiff upper lip is going to be ridiculed by anyone better that it is a Brit !!


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