Easy Virtue (2009)
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as Larita Huntington
as Mr. Whittaker
as Mrs. Whittaker
as John Whittaker
as Hilda Whittaker
as Marion Whittaker
as Lord Hurst
as Philip Hurst
as Sarah Hurst
as Millie the Maid
Critic Reviews for Easy Virtue
Echoing the words of the great Porter song, Easy Virtue deliciously misbehaves.
Biel is not completely miscast in this role of the Other in the drawing-room midst, but she exudes a thoroughly contemporary air that never jibes with the Twenties tenor of the English manor-born in the decade after the Great War.
These are good actors telling a good story, so the virtue is indeed easy to grasp, and a fine time should be had by all.
Easy Virtue has all the elements for a sprightly romp with serious underpinnings, and occasionally it achieves that balance. But it's marred by attempts at farce that are as belabored as they are ill-advised.
A winning, witty fox trot through the Roaring 20s, when men were men, women were liberating themselves and the 'to the manner born' were losing their grip on their manners -- and manors.
Audience Reviews for Easy Virtue
The combination of a new American wife being brought home by her British hubby to meet his family lends itself to a lot of funny situations. I thought Jessica Biel played her part well and Colin Firth is fantastic as normal.
A very enjoyable story about trying to move through life with all of the baggage that we inherit from our family and accumulate on our own. Witty, clever and at times touching. Made all the more powerful by the writing of Noel Coward and this amazing group of actors. Though the weakest link is Biel...she does a pretty good job at holding her own against this pretty amazing cast. Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth are favorites of mine and are great here. And it was my first time seeing Katherine Parkinson outside of her performance on the BBC series The IT Crowd and she was great as well. Even the soundtrack was very clever with a 1920-30 style badn performing hits from the period intermixed with random hits from other (later) eras, done in 1920's style.
...I think my dislike for this movie was clearly on the basis of miscasting...Jessica Beil does not ring as the perfect 20s flapper that this role called for. She just doesnt have the chops or the experience. It just didnt fit her at ALL. Collin Ferral and the rest of the cast were perfect but I just did NOT LIKE Beil in this role...They should have gotten someone different.
Easy Virtue Quotes
|John Whittaker:||Mother,this is my wife,Larita.|
|Larita Huntington:||Mrs Whittaker, the pleasure is all mine!|
|Veronica Whittaker:||Oh,you're American...|
|Colonel Jim Whittaker:||And very welcome!|
|Larita Huntington:||You have no idea what it means to love someone so much that you will do anything for them. Even inject them with poison when they were too feeble to do it for themselves.|