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Easy Virtue Review

Movies.com Critics

4.5

Dave White Profile

Tea and biscuits and Jessica Biel. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    58

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The picture itself is only mechanically breezy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The dialogue has an edgy wit, although it has no ambitions to be falling-down funny. Here is the Odd Couple formula applied in a specific time and place that make them feel very odd indeed.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's a pleasure to watch such top-notch actors deliver Coward's sparkling wit.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Jessica Biel has great fun with the American adventuress, while Kristin Scott Thomas is truly scary as her nemesis and mother-in-law.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Witty but uneven period piece has mature themes.

What 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.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about marriage and relationships. Are any of the relationships the kind you'd want to have? Do you think the characters take their marriages seriously? Families can also discuss the dynamics of introducing someone new to the fold. Why did John’s mother and Larita take an instant dislike to each other? Why does John tolerate or even seemingly enjoy it? What about John’s sisters? Were their actions understandable or unforgivable?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: 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.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

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

  • sex false2

    Sex: 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.

  • language false1

    Language: Lots of witty, scathing repartee and a rare use of “bitch.”

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

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

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