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Easy Virtue -- A young Englishman (Barnes) brings his glamorous American bride (Biel) home to meet his family, and she arrives like a blast from the future, blowing their entrenched British stuffiness out the window.


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Release Date:
19 June 2009 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Funny, heart-warming and delightfully engrossing. See more (80 total) »


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Directed by
Stephan Elliott 
Writing credits
Stephan Elliott (written by) &
Sheridan Jobbins (written by)

Noël Coward (play) (as Noel Coward)

Produced by
Joseph Abrams .... producer
Paul Brett .... executive producer
Alexandra Ferguson-Derbyshire .... co-producer (as Alexandra Ferguson)
Louise Goodsill .... executive producer
Douglas Hansen .... executive producer
Ralph Kamp .... executive producer
George McGhee .... executive producer
Sophie Meyer .... associate producer
Peter Nichols .... executive producer
Tim Smith .... executive producer
James Spring .... executive producer
James D. Stern .... producer
Barnaby Thompson .... producer
Cindy Wilkinson Kirven .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marius De Vries 
Cinematography by
Martin Kenzie 
Film Editing by
Sue Blainey 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
John Beard 
Art Direction by
Mark Scruton 
Set Decoration by
Niamh Coulter 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Walter 
Makeup Department
Tamsin Dorling .... hair stylist
Tamsin Dorling .... makeup artist
Paul Gooch .... hair stylist
Paul Gooch .... makeup artist
Flora Moody .... daily makeup trainee
Paul Mooney .... hair stylist
Paula Price .... hair stylist
Paula Price .... makeup artist
Barbara Taylor .... crowd hair stylist
Barbara Taylor .... crowd makeup artist
Jeremy Woodhead .... hair designer
Jeremy Woodhead .... makeup designer
Production Management
Polly Duval .... post-production supervisor
Tim Wellspring .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Chasey .... second second assistant director (as Jamie Chasey)
Richard Goodwin .... key second assistant director
Sheridan Jobbins .... second unit director
Andrew Mannion .... additional third assistant director
Christopher Newman .... first assistant director (as Chris Newman)
Carly Taverner .... third assistant director
Art Department
Louise Begbie .... assistant art director
Sarah Bicknell .... stand-by art director (as Sarah Stuart)
Tristan Carlisle-Kitz .... dressing props
Chris Cull .... property master
Nigel Kirk .... hod painter
Dougie Lankston .... dressing prop daily
Jono Moles .... construction manager
Lucy Moles .... construction buyer
John Moolenschot .... on-set carpenter
Barnaby Papworth .... construction coordinator
Alan Payne .... graphic artist
Simon Riley .... props storeman
Rosie Rose .... set decorating assistant
Lloyd Vincent .... chargehand stand-by props
Lee Wiseman .... props
Gary Dempsey .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Rohan Harris .... paintings (uncredited)
Scott Keery .... props (uncredited)
Eddie Murphy .... carpenter (uncredited)
Tom Roberts .... standby prop (uncredited)
Sound Department
Howard Bargroff .... re-recording mixer
Simon Gershon .... sound
Simon Gershon .... supervising sound editor
Charlotte Gray .... sound assistant
Dan Green .... dialogue editor
Mike Grimes .... sound effects editor
Steve Hancock .... boom operator
Dan Johnson .... adr recordist
John Midgley .... production sound mixer
Bernard O'Reilly .... location foley recordist
Martin Seeley .... playback
Matthew Skelding .... sound
Matthew Skelding .... supervising sound editor (as Matt Skelding)
Barnaby Smyth .... foley supervisor
Andrew Stirk .... foley recordist
Chris Sturmer .... sound consultant: dolby
Special Effects by
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects technician
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
Jan Staines .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Kris Anderson .... digital compositor
Steven Bray .... digital compositor
Steven Bray .... title animation
Simon Carr .... scene supervisor
Simon Carr .... visual effects supervisor
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
Thomas M. Horton .... visual effects executive producer
Julian Johnson .... 3D artist
Sarah Juniper .... junior compositor
Stephanie C. Kelly .... digital compositor (as Stephanie Kelly)
Rick Leech .... 2D artist
Joe Pavlo .... lead digital artist
Natalie Stopford .... visual effects producer
Ben Turner .... digital compositor
Audrius Urbonavicius .... digital matte artist
David Vivian .... visual effects coordinator
Camilla Naprous .... assistant horse master
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Alexander .... second assistant camera
Stuart Bunting .... grip
Andy Clarke .... electrician
Chris Clarke .... second assistant camera
Ian Coffey .... first assistant camera
Daniel-Konrad Cooper .... video assist operator: dailies
Peter Davies .... electrician
Brian Greenway .... second assistant camera
Eugene Grobler .... lighting balloon operator
Giles Keyte .... unit still photographer
Steve Kitchen .... rigging gaffer
Oliver Loncraine .... first assistant camera
Steve Manningham .... assistant grip
David Morgan .... camera operator: "b" camera
David Morgan .... director of photography: second unit
Miles Proudfoot .... first assistant camera: second unit
Sean Savage .... camera operator
Pat Sweeney .... gaffer
Chloë Thomson .... camera trainee (as Chloe Thompson)
Jack Warender .... video assist
Jack Warrender .... video operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Deborah Aquila .... casting: US
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Tricia Wood .... casting: US
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Cooke .... assistant costume designer
Carmen Cristea .... set costumer
Dougie Hawkes .... design assistant
Doina Raducut .... set costumer
Hannah Walter .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Phil Ashton .... digital colourist
Wilmann Bevolley .... second assistant editor
Paul Ensby .... digital color timer
Robin Langer .... colour grader: rushes
Dominic Thomson .... digital editor
Jane Winkles .... first assistant editor
Maria Chamberlain .... colorist: dailies additional (uncredited)
Location Management
Giles Edleston .... location manager
Chris Moore .... assistant location manager
Nick Oliver .... location scout
Music Department
Jason Boshoff .... music editor
Jason Boshoff .... music mix engineer
Andy Bradfield .... mix engineer
John Brough .... engineer
Myles Clarke .... music programmer
Felicity De Vries .... music coordinator
Marius De Vries .... mix engineer
Marius De Vries .... music arranger
Marius De Vries .... musical director
Marius De Vries .... orchestrator
Michelle De Vries .... music supervisor
Stephan Elliott .... music producer: songs
Sam Frank .... music programmer
Isobel Griffiths .... music contractor: strings
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Charlotte Matthews .... assistant music contractor: strings
Adam Miller .... music studio assistant
Tris Penna .... music supervisor
Gerard Presencer .... conductor: on-screen band
Lee Slater .... music studio assistant
Mike Smith .... music arranger
Mike Smith .... orchestrator
Mike Smith .... second musical director
Transportation Department
John Oxborough .... unit driver
Mark Crowley .... driver: Jessica Biel (uncredited)
Ergun Halil .... unit driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Johnathan Abbott .... studio coordinator: Ealing Studios
Danielle Bennett .... key floor runner
Litza Bixler .... choreographer
Libby Blainey .... title designer
Julie Burnham .... unit nurse
Jo Cameron Brown .... dialogue coach
Hannah Collett .... production coordinator
Matt Curtis .... title designer: end roller credits
Dennis Davidson .... International publicity
Juan Pablo Di Pace .... tango instructor
Simon George .... head of finance: Ealing Studios
Gwen Griffiths .... animal wrangler
Jess Jaworski .... assistant: cindy wilkinson kirven
Tabitha Jenkins .... production executive: Ealing Studios
Jules T-Smith .... director wrangler (as Jules Smith)
Rowena Ladbury .... script supervisor
Nichola Martin .... development executive (Ealing Studios)
Olivia McCallum .... additional set production assistant (as Mousy McCallum)
Simon Mills .... production runner
Gerard Naprous .... horse master
Charlie Simpson .... unit manager
Susie Tullett .... unit publicist
Jo Vaughan .... animal wrangler
Jo Wallett .... assistant production coordinator
James Greenslade .... legal services: production financing (uncredited)
Clem Leneghan .... Safety Advisor (uncredited)
Peter Barnes .... in memory of
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief partial nudity, and smoking throughout
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Ireland:12A | Netherlands:AL | Portugal:M/12 | Russia:14+ | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG | UK:12 (DVD rating) | USA:PG-13

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Colin Firth and Kris Marshall have previously appeared together in Love Actually (2003).See more »
Anachronisms: The motorcycle that Mr. Whittaker is working on in the shed is definitely a much newer model than 1924.See more »
Larita Whittaker:You should have loved me more.
John Whittaker:I couldn't have loved you more.
Larita Whittaker:You should have loved me better.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Easy Virtue (1928)See more »
Mad Dogs and EnglishmenSee more »


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77 out of 114 people found the following review useful.
Funny, heart-warming and delightfully engrossing., 10 November 2008
Author: Jamie Ward from United Kingdom

2008 has been a mixed bag thus far as far as character dramas are concerned, with the majority either lacking in any interesting personas and the remainder usually lacking in anything remotely fun about the experience. Thankfully, Easy Virtue takes residence amongst the minority of this year's examples, blending a wonderful ensemble of characters and respective performers with plenty of humour, romance and palpable charm. As a musical per se, which one could place the movie given the role that music plays in its narrative, the music is catchy, but always played in the background to what is going on with characters. So while the numbers certainly don't ever take off, the harmony created between the film's immediate interests always take precedence over the aesthetics, no matter how inviting and well done those elements are implemented. Sure enough, there isn't much in the way of flaws present within Easy Virtue's two hour runtime outside of the fact that it can sometimes drag on in terms of plotting. Nevertheless, despite small pacing problems, Easy Virtue is a wonderfully breezy, and yet hard hitting portrayal of relationships, both temporal and unconditional.

Where each of these sources of love comes from it seems is where the writers seem most interested in exploring; rather than sticking to the genre's more conventional set of rules, the movie instead takes a familiar, albeit refreshing route. Telling the story of Larita (Jessica Biel), an American race-car driver newly wed to love of her life John Whittaker (Ben Barnes) as she moves into her husband's inherited estate for the holidays, Easy Virtue take the romantic comedy and heats things up a little. The centrepiece of the story revolves around the idea that John's English aristocratic family either immediately resents Larita's presence or soon adheres to this mind-frame. This conflict draws most firmly from John's mother (Kristen Scott Thomas) who takes an especially vindictive and callous attitude towards her big-eyed, fresh faced and glamorously intimidating daughter in law.

This relationship, although not falling far from the genre's tree of ideas and structure, nevertheless does well to keep things grounded and believable. Very rarely are theatrics employed to establish the characters' obvious confliction, and as such both grow as the movie wears on, allowing not just drama to unfold from the proceedings, but comedy also. To say that Easy Virtue is a funny movie would be somewhat of an exaggeration; this isn't a comedy by any means, but it's not a straight forward drama or romance either. Instead director Stephen Elliot manages to do what so little directors of the genre actually succeed in implementing; a fine blend of all three ingredients whilst at the same time keeping characterisation consistent and engaging. Again these ingredients are most fully realised in the triangle of mother/son and the new girl in his life, with each ingredient sharing enough screen time to warrant interest; Easy Virtue isn't a funny movie no… it's a funny, heart-warming and delightfully engrossing movie with plenty of intelligent drama and aesthetics.

Nevertheless, regardless of genre tagging, and the tricky balancing act involved in handling such a mix, the real potency of heart present that makes Easy Virtue such a joy to watch is simply through its characters and their relationships together. Mentioned above, the centrepiece of this endlessly amusing mix of character is the dynamic between Larita and her new mother in law. What's most interesting about this pairing however doesn't necessarily always reside in their obviously conflictive facades, but within the thematic subtext that each brings to the story regarding lover and son John. Dealing primarily with the complexities of human relationships, and specifically love, the writers explore the different kinds of love and how they are more often than not wrongly interpreted or received. What's most interesting about the central figures then is that each seems to have swapped their traditional roles for the others; ostensibly Larita is seen a gold-digging, naïve lover who is only out for a short jog, whilst Mrs. Whittaker is instead presented as John's unconditional love source, undeniably in it for the long term. This paper thin appearance however is what Easy Virtue sets out to look past, and the results are both rewarding and intriguing, giving ample substance to back up the laughs.

Of course all of this would go to waste if given to less than capable performers to get across not just their own dynamic personas, but the relations and unique chemistry that they share together. Featuring a huge ensemble of recognisable British talents, along with the impressive Jessica Biel, it would take far too long a paragraph to go through each individually and analyse their performances, so I will simply cut a farily large corner and say that the entirety of the cast here do a wonderful job with each of their respective roles. Of notable interest is the always compelling Colin Firth as a rather withdrawn and bored husband, Ben Barnes who plays youthful, energetic and distinctly naïve John to a fine point and Kristen Scott Thomas who often parallels her sombre role in recent French production I've Loved You So Long. All of these performances however are just the tip of what is a surprisingly effective little treat for anyone looking for good adult fun, with plenty of intelligent humour and romance to boot. Sure enough there are some problems with pacing and over-emphasis on theatrical drama at rare occasions that clash with the film's otherwise consistently grounded tone, but these elements are far and few between each of the much more successful moments. Fun, engaging and entirely memorable, Easy Virtue is a rarity these days, so I cannot recommend it enough.

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