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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 »

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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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£225,772 (UK) (14 November 2008)

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$2,656,324 (USA) (4 October 2009)
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Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas have previously starred together in The English Patient (1996), in which film they also played a married couple with an unhappy marriage. See more »

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The tune "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" was first performed in June 1931, seven years after the setting of the film. See more »

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Mrs. Whittaker: What am I supposed to do with this bauble of a woman?
Mr. Whittaker: Hang her?
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The band playing the closing music calls out its members' names. See more »

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Version of Easy Virtue (1928) See more »

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Makin Whoopee
Written by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (ASCAP)
Licensed courtesy of EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Celia Graham with The Easy Virtue Orchestra
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A thoroughly enjoyable British comedy.
8 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

John Whittaker (Barnes) is travelling and falls in love with beautiful American divorcée, Larita (Biel). After spontaneously getting married, John brings her back to his stately home in England, where although many warm to her, she is largely frowned upon – especially by his formidable mother, Veronica (Scott Thomas), who makes her stay as uncomfortable as possible. Based on the original play by Noel Coward, 'Easy Virtue' encompasses sharp wit, romance and drama; and although it is set in 1920s England, it is far from the typical period drama that might be expected. The soundtrack is slightly risky in places with its rearrangement of contemporary songs to period-music; but this can be overlooked for everything else the film has to offer. Firth supplies brilliant one-liners as the war-weary husband of Veronica. Biel has a captivating presence, bringing sexiness and classic Hollywood glamour to the screen; whilst Thomas, in total opposition, plays the stiff-upper-lipped English mother-in-law to perfection. A thoroughly enjoyable British comedy.


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