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.
Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth, Kimberley Nixon, Katherine Parkinson, Kris Marshall, Christian Brassington, Charlotte Riley, Jim McManus
Stephan Elliott
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. 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+
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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