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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
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

Let's Misbehave! 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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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Colin Firth and Kris Marshall have previously appeared together in Love Actually (2003). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mrs. Whittaker: Smile, Marion.
Marion Whittaker: I don't feel like smiling.
Mr. Whittaker: You're English dear, fake it.
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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 »

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All God's Children Got Rhythm
Written by Bronislau Kaper, Walter Jurmann and Gus Kahn
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd. / EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (ASCAP / GEMA / ASCAP)
Licensed courtesy of EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Andy Caine with The Easy Virtue Orchestra
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When was the last time a Noel Coward play was made into a movie, anyway?
28 July 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, Colombia and ORLANDO, FL

EASY VIRTUE is a clear example of the fact that making an outstanding film just isn't all that EASY! When was the last time a Noel Coward play was made into a movie, anyway? I could've looked it up, but I'll leave it to you, if you really think it's all that important! I'll wager the Producers, Director & Screenwriter didn't see most of the screen adaptations of his plays done in the 30's/40's on TV when they were kids, as I did. Seemed they were a bit out of their element...at times.

The end result: It's EASY to see the film was being pulled in several different directions, which was most apparent early on. In fact, EASY can be divided into 3 segments of roughly 30 minutes each.

Segment one really didn't seem to know where it was going. It suffered from poor pacing and a pervasive tension on the set that permeated several of the scenes. What had me close to quitting on EASY were the very awkwardly inserted bits of slapstick, obviously an attempt at comic relief, but which seemed utterly contrived and out of sync with most every other aspect of the film.

Segment two was a definite improvement. Toned down considerably were the scenes involving slapstick. Only a few brief moments, which were much better integrated into the work. The culture-clash, the true razon d'être of EASY, between Jessica Biel's(Cellular) character, Larita, an independent and free- spirited American race-car driver of sorts, and the lady of the manor, Mrs. Whittaker (Kristin Scott Thomas/The English Patient), who turns out to be one lady with an extremely controlling and manipulative manner, is handled much more smoothly in the second segment, and, as a consequence, these scenes are much more amusing, even occasionally funny!

The closing segment really had me in its grip. The ensemble cast really shone. Finally, we see evidence of why so many of Noel Coward's plays were made into movies. All the outstanding elements; costumes, sets and music among others, really contributed to a very fulfilling final ½ hour! Colin Firth deserves a mention, perhaps EASY's best performance. Had the entire film been at segment three's level, 8*--EASY! However, I feel 6* is a fair overall rating

.....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!


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