Easy Virtue

2008 PG-13 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD

Easy Virtue

2008 PG-13 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD
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American widow Larita (Jessica Biel) meets John (Ben Barnes), a wealthy young Englishman, in France and impulsively marries him. But when they visit his family at their country estate, Larita receives a chilly reception from her virulent new mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas). As she waits impatiently to move on with life in London, Larita forms a subtle bond with John's father (Colin Firth) while John falls further under his mother's spell.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
English, English SDH, German, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral), Turkish
English: Dolby True HD, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital Mono, German: Dolby True HD, Portuguese: Dolby True HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

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 man embarks on a scandalous affair.


Some yelling, and a dog is accidentally killed. There's also some talk of euthanasia and a fox-hunting scene.


Lots of witty, scathing repartee and a rare use of â¿¿bitch.â¿

Social Behavior

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 doesnâ¿¿t seem to be aware of how terrible she can be. A father (who suffers from post-WWI depression/malaise) seems unconcerned about his sonâ¿¿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.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drinking in social situations, sometimes straight out of the bottle, and endless smoking (accurate for the 1920s era).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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