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 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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Storyline

Between world wars, the Whittaker's estate is sinking. Only the iron will of Mrs. Veronica Whittaker (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas) staves off bankruptcy while she awaits her son John's (Ben Barnes') return from the continent. To her dismay, he brings a bride: an American widow who races cars. The bride, Larita (Jessica Biel), 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, Mr. Whittaker (Colin Firth), 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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Trivia

This is the second movie in which Colin Firth played a Word War I veteran traumatized by his experiences during the war. The first one was A Month in the Country (1987). See more »

Goofs

While in the nursery, John refers to something not scoring Larita any "brownie points." This phrase did not originate until the 1960s. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Whittaker: well, coming from a country no older than the chair you are sitting in, seems a very practical solution!
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Crazy Credits

The band playing the closing music calls out its members' names. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Easy Virtue Tango
Written by Marius De Vries
Published by Copyright Control (PRS)
Performed by Sophie Solomon, Perry Montague-Mason (as Perry Montague-Mason) and Ian Watson with The Easy Virtue Orchestra
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That sound and authentic British humour!
4 April 2009 | by yris2002See all my reviews

Brilliant, sparkling, joyful and sad, passionate and exciting, sweet and sour, elegant, refined and superbly ungraceful at the same time: contrasting adjectives are very fit for this captivating movie, which really hits the mark in a superb way. No flaw is to be found: the construction is solid and yet dynamic, highly-range acting is offered by the whole cast (but let me define Kristin Scott Thomas as sublime). The director creates a really enjoyable product, capable as it is of gaining the favour of the audience and to satisfy the viewer, both from an aesthetic and emotional point of view. The sound and authentic British humour stirring from the beginning to the end, makes one laugh but also think about the necessity to overcome a stuffy traditionalist attitude which make look back to a fossilized but no longer valid past,in order to let the new enter the scene, with all its dramatic potential of change. All certainties are questioned and prove to be dramatically frail. The conflict between the traditional English sobriety and self-control and the non-conformist American way of life gives rise to funny but also thoughtful moments of tension, subtly underlined by witty dialogues and emotionally engaging musical and dancing exchanges. A movie to be seen, heard, and enjoyed in every single part.


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Release Date:

19 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Easy Virtue See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,443, 24 May 2009

Gross USA:

$2,656,784

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,463,793
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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