A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tackles mature themes, mainly regarding marriage and in-law relationships.
Positive Role Models
A young woman means well, as does her new husband, but somehow they fail to support each other. A mother-in-law is very judgmental and doesn't seem to be aware of how terrible she can be. A father (who suffers from post-WWI depression/malaise) seems unconcerned about his son's fate. A young woman and her mother-in-law clash and, after some attempts to get along, dig in their heels for a long fight.
Violence & Scariness
Some yelling, and a dog is accidentally killed. There's also some talk of euthanasia and a fox-hunting scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married man undresses his wife, though all the audience sees is a far-off reflection in a mirror. Much moaning ensues. An unhappily married person embarks on a scandalous affair.
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Lots of witty, scathing repartee and a rare use of "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking in social situations and endless smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this play-based period comedy might not seem to be standard fare for teens at first glance, but its two leads -- Jessica Biel of 7th Heaven and Prince Caspian's Ben Barnes -- may be a draw. The film tackles some mature themes, mainly regarding marriage and in-law relationships, and has a little swearing. Not surprisingly for a period film, the characters do smoke a lot -- nearly incessantly, actually. There's also drinking and some (though not much) partial nudity. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
EASY VIRTUE is a sight to behold. Kudos to the art director, set designer, and costumers for creating a shabbily sophisticated world that's long gone but not forgotten. The images are as crisp as Scott Thomas' upper-crust diction, and the set design is divine. (You can almost feel the dust flying off of those wonderful furniture pieces that have been neglected as the money well runs dry.) Delightful in parts and intolerable in others, the film does, however, suffer from two challenges.
First, there's Biel's somewhat limited range. She gives the enterprise a spirited try and sometimes succeeds, especially when Larita's poignancy shines through. But she's not as funny as she needs to be in such a tart-tongued role. Coming in second is a storyline that, even for a period comedy, is played so much for its quaintness that it becomes unrelatable. And there's so much attention paid to the repetitive back-and-forth between Larita and Veronica that it wears the audience down. When the big "bombshell" is finally revealed, it feels bereft of tension or importance.
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