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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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Stephan Elliott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Biel ... Larita Whittaker
Ben Barnes ... John Whittaker
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Veronica Whittaker
Colin Firth ... Mr. Whittaker
Kimberley Nixon ... Hilda Whittaker
Katherine Parkinson ... Marion Whittaker
Kris Marshall ... Furber
Christian Brassington ... Phillip Hurst
Charlotte Riley ... Sarah Hurst
Jim McManus Jim McManus ... Jackson
Pip Torrens ... Lord Hurst
Jeremy Hooton Jeremy Hooton ... Davis
Joanna Bacon ... Cook / Doris / Beatrice
Maggie Hickey Maggie Hickey ... Millie the Maid
Georgie Glen ... Mrs. Landrigin
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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 »

Genres:

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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UK | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buenas costumbres See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although she plays his younger sister, Katherine Parkinson is three years older than Ben Barnes. See more »

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The first Frazer Nash BMW was produced in 1934, ten years after the setting of the film. See more »

Quotes

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

There's a Director Wrangler listed in the credits. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

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 pedrothefishSee 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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