Rated PG-13 · 96 minutes · 2008

Romantic comedy
Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) directs this very English adaptation of Noel Coward’s play. Larita (Jessica Biel) arrives at her new in-laws’ house to find that the British do not always appreciate an attractive American, especially in 1921, and especially if she has just married their only son. Kristin Scott Thomas is uptightness incarnate as Mrs. Whittaker, matronly mistress of the country house where young John Whittaker (Ben Barnes) arrives with his unexpected bride. There’s knickerless dancing, motorcycle hunting and some accidental dog-killing as two continents try to become one. This is not as snappy as the best of Coward, but it’s completely diverting for its 93 minutes.

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Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/easyvirtue
Director: Stephan Elliott
Writer: Noel Coward, Stephan Elliott and Sheridan Jobbins
Producer: Joseph Abrams, Barnaby Thompson, James D. Stern, Paul Brett, Louise Goodsill, Douglas Hansen, James Spring, Cindy Kirven, George McGhee, Ralph Kamp, Peter Nichols and Tim Smith
Cast: Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Barnes, Kimberley Nixon, Katherine Parkinson, Pip Torrens, Christian Brassington, Charlotte Riley, Kris Marshall and Jim McManus


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Memphis Flyer Minor Virtue Noël Coward adaptation is an uneasy mix of period setting and modern sensibility. by Chris Herrington 06/18/2009
Portland Mercury Jessica Biel Ruins Everything The jazz-era period piece Easy Virtue is a Jessica Biel vehicle. Avoid it at all costs. by Alison Hallett 06/18/2009
The Coast Halifax Easy Virtue a light concoction The friction in Easy Virtue crosses class, manner and continent. by Mark Palermo 06/11/2009

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