Easy Virtue

May 22nd 2009
  • Comedy/Historical,
  • PG-13,
  • 93 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth, Kimberley Nixon, Katherine Parkinson, Kris Marshall, Christian Brassington, Charlotte Riley, Jim McManus, Pip Torrens, Georgie Glen, Laurence Richardson
  • Director: Stephan Elliott
  • Writers: Sheridan Jobbins, Stephan Elliott, Noel Coward
  • Producers: Joseph Abrams, James D. Stern, Barnaby Thompson
  • Co Producer: Alexandra Ferguson
  • Executive Producers: Paul Brett, Louise Goodsill, Douglas Hansen, Ralph Kamp, Cindy Kirven, George McGhee, Peter Nichols, Tim Smith, James Spring
  • Art Direction: Mark Scruton
  • Costume Design: Charlotte Walter
  • D.O.P.: Martin Kenzie
  • Editor: Sue Blainey
  • Makeup: Jeremy Woodhead
  • Music: Marius De Vries
  • Production Design: John Beard
  • Set Decoration: Niamh Coulter


"Easy Virtue" stars Jessica Biel playing Larita, the avant-garde young woman who takes the Whittaker family by storm; Colin Firth as the war-weary head of the household Mr Whittaker; Kristin Scott Thomas as the stoic but neurotic wife Mrs Whittaker, and Ben Barnes as Larita's new husband John Whittaker.

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...

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Berkshire, UK; London, UK; Nottinghamshire, UK
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content, brief partial nudity, and smoking throughout.
  • Production Companies: Ealing Studios, Fragile Films, Endgame Entertainment, BBC Films
  • Production Schedule: 15 January 2008 - March 2008

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 7 November 2008: Ireland, UK
  • 1 January 2009: Portugal, Spain
  • 9 January 2009: Italy
  • 27 February 2009: Romania
  • 8 March 2009: Israel
  • 19 March 2009: Australia
  • 27 March 2009: Finland
  • 1 April 2009: France
  • 22 May 2009: Canada
  • 13 August 2009: Netherlands