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USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Pathe Distribution
Cast: Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Barnes, Kris Marshall, Kimberley Nixon, Katherine Parkinson, Pip Torrens, Christian Brassington, Charlotte Riley
Director: Stephan Elliott
UK: 97 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for sexual content, brief partial nudity, and smoking throughout
UK Certificate: contains mild sex references and innuendo
USA Release Date: 22 May 2009 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 7 November 2008
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The twenties have roared... the thirties have yet to swing. John Whittaker, a young Englishman, falls madly in love with Larita, a sexy and glamorous American woman, and they marry impetuously. However when the couple returns to the family home, his mother Mrs Whittaker has an instant allergic reaction to her new daughter-in-law.
Larita tries her best to fit in but fails to tiptoe through the minefield laid by her mother-in-law. Larita quickly realizes Mrs Whittaker's game and sees that she must fight back if she's not going to lose John. A battle of wits ensues and sparks soon fly. Mrs Whittaker manipulates every situation to undermine her, while Larita remains frustratingly calm and engineers sassy counter attacks.
Before long, Mrs Whittaker's manipulation starts to work on John and Larita feels their love is in danger of slipping away. In a grand finale, where the secrets from Larita's past are revealed, she finally makes a break for freedom from the suffocating house.
EASY VIRTUE stars American actress Jessica Biel (The Illusionist, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry) playing Larita, the avant-garde young woman who takes the Whittaker family by storm; Colin Firth (St. Trinian's, Bridget Jones'Diary, Love Actually, The Girl with the Pearl Earring) as the war-weary head of the household Mr Whittaker; Kristin Scott Thomas (The Other Boleyn Girl, The English Patient, Gosford Park, Four Weddings and a Funeral), as the stoic but neurotic wife Mrs Whittaker, and Ben Barnes (Stardust, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) as Larita's new husband John Whittaker.