Easy Virtue

• Tagline: In a family that prides itself as proper, vice becomes a virtue.
• Director: Stephan Elliott
• Writers: Stephan Elliott, Sheridan Jobbins & Noel Coward
• Release Date: 7 November 2008 (UK)
• MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, brief partial nudity, and smoking throughout.
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre: Comedy | Romance
• Runtime: 97 min

Between world wars, the Whittaker’s estate is sinking; only the iron will of Mrs. Whittaker staves off bankruptcy while she awaits her son John’s return from the continent. To her dismay, he brings a bride: an American widow who races cars. The bride, Larita, thinks she and John will visit and then go to London, where he’ll work and she’ll race. But John is to the manor born, and mother is nothing if not a master at plans and manipulation. Soon it’s all-out war between mother and bride, with John’s father, a burnt out veteran of the Great War, in the bride’s corner ineffectually. Mother has a plan to join with the neighboring estate; only Larita is in her way. Can’t we all get along?

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Cast Highlights

• Jessica Biel … Larita Whittaker
• Kristin Scott Thomas … Mrs. Whittaker
• Colin Firth … Mr. Whittaker

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  • In the vintage Monte Carlo scene which opens the movie, when Larita first sees John both her and John’s movements are slowed down while the rest of the cast play at ‘normal’ (i.e newsreel) speed. This was accomplished by filming the crowd, Larita, John, the background and the foreground mechanics separately against green screen and compositing them together at different speeds.
  • During the end credits all of the musicians who played in the orchestra featured on the soundtrack are introduced in voice-over simulating the introductions from the bandstand of a live performance, with each musician playing a brief sample.
  • Though not expressly stated, the story gives the impression the Larita is somewhat older than John (she repeated refers to him as a boy). In fact, Jessica Biel is actually younger than Ben Barnes by several months.

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