Easy Virtue (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Easy Virtue (2009)



Critic Consensus: A lightweight and pithy Noel Coward adaptation with plenty of sparkle and fizz.

Movie Info

A young Englishman gets married to an American divorcee on the spur of the moment in the South of France and then must return home to face his family.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, brief partial nudity, and smoking throughout)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Stephan Elliott, Sheridan Jobbins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 15, 2009
Box Office: $2.5M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Jessica Biel
as Larita Huntington
Colin Firth
as Mr. Whittaker
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Mrs. Whittaker
Ben Barnes
as John Whittaker
Kimberley Nixon
as Hilda Whittaker
Katherine Parkinson
as Marion Whittaker
Pip Torrens
as Lord Hurst
Charlotte Riley
as Sarah Hurst
Jim McManus
as Jackson
Maggie Hickey
as Millie the Maid
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News & Interviews for Easy Virtue

Critic Reviews for Easy Virtue

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (35)

Echoing the words of the great Porter song, Easy Virtue deliciously misbehaves.

Full Review… | June 19, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

A period piece that may play well with those who hate period pieces. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | September 23, 2009
Groucho Reviews

Easy Virtue makes subtle comedy look easy. The ensemble is brilliant, and Noel Coward's play-brought-to-film is just good enough . . . .

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
Movie Metropolis

This British drawing-room comedy feels awfully familiar but is redeemed by some tart performances.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009

A recent headline declared that [Jessica] Biel "is still trying to prove she's more than a pretty face." After Easy Virtue, she's still got something to prove.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009

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.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


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.

Robert C

Super Reviewer


...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.

Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

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!
– Submitted by Mariam M (3 years ago)
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.
– Submitted by Bogár A (3 years ago)

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