Easy Virtue (2009)



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

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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.
PG-13 (for sexual content, brief partial nudity, and smoking throughout)
Comedy , Romance
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Jessica Biel
as Larita Huntington
Colin Firth
as Mr. Whittaker
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Mrs. Whittaker
Ben Barnes
as John Whittaker
Kris Marshall
as Furber
Kimberley Nixon
as Hilda Whittaker
Katherine Parkinson
as Marion Whittaker
Pip Torrens
as Lord Hurst
Christian Brassington
as Philip Hurst
Charlotte Riley
as Sarah Hurst
Jim McManus
as Jackson
Maggie Hickey
as Millie the Maid
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All Critics (123) | Top Critics (35)

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

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

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.

Full Review… | June 11, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 11, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
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Jessica Biel gets more publicity for her body and her boyfriend than for her acting ability, but Easy Virtue may be cause for a reassessment.

Full Review… | June 10, 2009
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

What might've been a scrumptious, chocolatey dessert of a movie -- a Noel Coward delite -- is instead a scoop of lemon ice, not filling, faintly sweet and mostly water.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
Washington Post
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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
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
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
Morgan Salem

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