Easy Virtue

2009

Easy Virtue

Critics Consensus

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

52%

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47%

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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.

Cast

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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Critic Reviews for Easy Virtue

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (60)

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

    Jun 19, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    Jun 12, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • 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.

    Jun 11, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • 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.

    Jun 11, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 10, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Easy Virtue

  • Feb 11, 2013
    Jessica Biel appears in the middle of an English period piece and this what happens..nothing much of anything. Biel unfortunately does not have the depth or range as a actor to match wits with Firth, Thomas etc. which makes them and us utterly bored.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2012
    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 L Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2010
    I really got a kick out of this movie. I loved the quirky stuff, especially. Just when you thought things were getting serious, they would throw in another little funny incident. Having Colin Firth in this movie was definitely a plus for me. He is just fantastic. Also, keep an eye on that butler....he is always doing something silly.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2010
    Enjoyable with nice photography. It's a a good old fashion drawing room dramedy... if you're into that sort of thing.
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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