Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue

This period comedy romp stars the lovely Jessica Biel and Colin Firth and is directed by Aussie Stephan Elliott – best known for The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert. Based on the Noel Coward play of the same name.

Biel stars as sexy, outgoing American Larita who gets married to Englishman John (Ben Barnes) in France, then travels across the Channel with him to meet his parents. She finds favour with her new husband’s father (Firth). As for his cold fish of a mother, played by Kristin Scott Thomas… not so much.

2008Rating: PG, contains sexual references97 minsUK
Comedy
Director:
Stephan Elliott (‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’)
Writer:
Stephan ElliottSheridan Jobbins
Cast:
Jessica BielBen BarnesKristin Scott ThomasColin FirthKris Marshall
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Reviews & comments

take your mum

a nice easy going film, don't expect to much let it wash over you and enjoy.

3.0
0

Charming

Light and lovely. Will certainly put a smile on your face.

4.0
0

Easy...

Couldnt find the 5 stars of others. A cliched story and theme, but watchable.

3.0
0

Fresh, old fashioned fun

Loved it. Saw a preview in Australia with my Nan - but I could just have easily seen it with any one else in my family. They're selling it as a 'meet the posh in-laws' - but it's more like a story about what good things happen to you when you're true to yourself. And with laugh out loud funny bits. Nan and I talked about the ending for ages. I'm...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

An effervescent entertainment that marks a welcome return for "Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" director Stephan Elliott after a nine-year absence.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

It’s playful, it’s elegant, it’s fizzing with lacerating wit… after the stone-faced dreariness of The Duchess and Brideshead Revisited, it’s a welcome jolt of fresh air to see a Brit period piece you can just kick back and enjoy.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

In its cold-eyed assessment of the English aristocracy Easy Virtue has none of the lurking Anglophilia found in Merchant-Ivory movies.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Another director could have made more of this, but Elliot's main motivation seems to be to bring farce back into fashion and, as we all know, that ship sailed long ago.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Adaptation of Noel Coward play is both too clever and not clever enough.

3.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Enough perhaps for those in the mood for an upper crust costume romp amidst some pretty countryside.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Elliott has created a wonderfully rich battle for propriety in Easy Virtue. The humor might sting, but the pain is worth the pleasure.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Jessica Biel has great fun with the American adventuress, while Kristin Scott Thomas is truly scary as her nemesis and mother-in-law.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

While its tone occasionally wavers and there are some wobbly performances, this has moments of true lightness, and a welcome sense of whimsy often missing in the costume genre.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

An effervescent entertainment that marks a welcome return for "Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" director Stephan Elliott after a nine-year absence.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

It’s playful, it’s elegant, it’s fizzing with lacerating wit… after the stone-faced dreariness of The Duchess and Brideshead Revisited, it’s a welcome jolt of fresh air to see a Brit period piece you can just kick back and enjoy.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

In its cold-eyed assessment of the English aristocracy Easy Virtue has none of the lurking Anglophilia found in Merchant-Ivory movies.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Another director could have made more of this, but Elliot's main motivation seems to be to bring farce back into fashion and, as we all know, that ship sailed long ago.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Adaptation of Noel Coward play is both too clever and not clever enough.

3.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Enough perhaps for those in the mood for an upper crust costume romp amidst some pretty countryside.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Elliott has created a wonderfully rich battle for propriety in Easy Virtue. The humor might sting, but the pain is worth the pleasure.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Jessica Biel has great fun with the American adventuress, while Kristin Scott Thomas is truly scary as her nemesis and mother-in-law.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

While its tone occasionally wavers and there are some wobbly performances, this has moments of true lightness, and a welcome sense of whimsy often missing in the costume genre.

3.0
0

take your mum

a nice easy going film, don't expect to much let it wash over you and enjoy.

3.0
0

Charming

Light and lovely. Will certainly put a smile on your face.

4.0
0

Easy...

Couldnt find the 5 stars of others. A cliched story and theme, but watchable.

3.0
0

Fresh, old fashioned fun

Loved it. Saw a preview in Australia with my Nan - but I could just have easily seen it with any one else in my family. They're selling it as a 'meet the posh in-laws' - but it's more like a story about what good things happen to you when you're true to yourself. And with laugh out loud funny bits. Nan and I talked about the ending for ages. I'm...

5.0
0