Easy Virtue


1h 36m 2008

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Adaptation
Family
Foreign
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Kevin O'Shea
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m

Synopsis

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.

Crew

Joseph Abrams

Producer

Matt Adams

Consultant

Joe Alexander

Loader

Kris Anderson

2-D Artist

Joceline Andrews

Makeup Artist

Nick Anglewicz

Assistant

Deborah Aquila

Casting

John Arnold

Grip

Philip Ashton

Colorist

George Augsburger

Carpenter

Pip Ayers

Production

Howard Bargroff

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Ben Barnes

Song Performer

Steven Barnett

Caterer

David Bayliss

Rigging Electrician

John Beard

Production Designer

Louise Begbie

Assistant Art Director

John Beharrell

Production Accountant

Penny Beharrell

Assistant Production Accountant

Danielle Bennett

Office Runner

Matthew Benns

Software Engineer

Wilmann Bevolley

Assistant Editor

Jessica Biel

Song Performer

Robert Binnall

Camera Operator

Litza Bixler

Choreographer

Libby Blainey

Titles

Sue Blainey

Editor

Jason Boshoff

Music Engineer

Jason Boshoff

Music Editor

Andy Bradfield

Music Engineer

Steven Bray

2-D Artist

Colin Bressington

Driver

Paul Brett

Executive Producer

John Brough

Music Engineer

Jo Cameron Brown

Dialect Coach

Mitchell Brown

Caterer

Daniel Bryant

Propman

Stuart Bunting

Key Grip

Julie Burnham

Medic

Jay Butcher

Carpenter

Symon Butcher

Driver

Andy Caine

Song Performer

Neil Calder

Other

Katie Campbell

Assistant

Tristan Carlisle-kitz

Propman

Simon Carr

Visual Effects Supervisor

James Chasey

Assistant Director

Claire Christie

Costumes

Chris Clarke

Loader

Myles Clarke

Music

Ian Coffey

Camera Focus Puller

Pat Coleman

Driver

Hannah Collett

Production Coordinator

Dave Conway

Propman

Richard Cooke

Costumes

Steve Cooke

Driver

Niamh Coulter

Set Decorator

Noel Coward

Song

Noel Coward

Source Material

Alex Creasey

Visual Effects Editor

Chris Crisford

Driver

Carmen Cristea

Costumes

Mark Crowley

Driver

Chris Cull

Property Master

Matt Curtis

Titles

Allan Davies

Post-Production Accountant

Peter Davies

Generator Operator

Felicity De Vries

Music Coordinator

Gary Dempsey

Painter

Marius Devries

Music Engineer

Marius Devries

Song

Marius Devries

Music

Juan Pablo Di Pace

Choreographer

Roddy Dolan

Production

Walter Donaldson

Song

Tamsin Dorling

Makeup Artist

Aaron Douglas

Crane Grip

Polly Duval

Post-Production Supervisor

Barry J Eastmond

Song

Giles Edleston

Location Manager

Dan Edwards

Caterer

Jeff Edwards

Coordinator

Stephan Elliott

Screenplay

John Ensby

Film Lab

Paul Ensby

Grader

Liam Fellowes

Driver

Alexandra Ferguson

Coproducer

Mark Fisher

Song

Kevin Fitzpatrick

Electrician

Matthew Foster

Propman

Celestia Fox

Casting

Simon Frame

Visual Effects Supervisor

Sam Frank

Music

Roy Furness

Electrician

Steve Garrett

Visual Effects Editor

Simon Gershon

Supervising Sound Editor

James Gillan

Song Performer

Vince Goddard

Electrician

Paul Gooch

Makeup Artist

Hugh Goodbody

Special Effects Technician

Louise Goodsill

Executive Producer

Joe Goodwin

Song

Richard Goodwin

Assistant Director

Will Gordon

Carpenter

Celia Graham

Song Performer

Charlotte Gray

Sound

Dan Green

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Brian Greenway

Loader

Christine Greenwood

Makeup Artist

Gwen Griffith

Animal Wrangler

Isobel Griffiths

Music Contractor

Mark Griffiths

Carpenter

Mike Grimes

Sound Effects Editor

Eugene Grobler

Electrician

Nikki Groves

Production Manager

Pamela Haddock

Makeup Artist

Ergun Halil

Driver

Erol Halil

Driver

Tim Hambley

Transportation Captain

Steve Hancock

Boom Operator

John Hanks

Rigging Electrician

Douglas E. Hansen

Executive Producer

Susanne Hardy

Costumes

Bev Harris

Caterer

Barry Hatswell

Other

Annabel Hawkes

Costumes

Dougie Hawkes

Costumes

Rob Hempenstall

Driver

Jonny Hext

Painter

Steve Hideg

Crane Grip

Mark Holt

Special Effects Supervisor

Lucy Howe

Props Buyer

Eunice Huthart

Stunt Performer

Matthew Janzen

Assistant

Jessica Jaworski

Assistant

Sheridan Jobbins

Screenplay

Sheridan Jobbins

Unit Director

Sheridan Jobbins

Assistant Director

Steve Joberns

Auditor

Ben Johnson

Propman

Daniel Johnson

Adr

Julian Johnson

3-D Artist

Alan Jones

Driver

Mark Jones

Propman

Gus Kahn

Song

Ralph Kamp

Executive Producer

Bronislau Kaper

Song

Scott Keery

Propman

Brian Kelly

Driver

Stephanie Kelly

2-D Artist

Martin Kenzie

Director Of Photography

Giles Keyte

Photography

Nigel Kirk

Painter

Cindy Kirven

Executive Producer

Steve Kitchen

Rigging Gaffer

Rowena Ladbury

Script Supervisor

Robert John Lange

Song

Robin Langer

Visual Effects

Doug Lankston

Propman

Rick Leach

2-D Artist

Clem Leneghan

Consultant

Mark Liddle

Digital Effects

Scott Liddle

Digital Effects

Jason Line

Painter

Oliver Loncraine

Camera Focus Puller

Mike Lord

Caterer

Nathan Mann

Camera Focus Puller

Steve Manningham

Grip

Andrew Mannion

Assistant Director

Gary Martin

Propman

Terry Maskell

Electrician

Charlotte Matthews

Music Contractor

Tim Maurice-jones

Director Of Photography

George Mcghee

Executive Producer

Pat Melody

Electrician

Sophie Meyer

Associate Producer

Nathan Middleton

Painter

John Midgley

Sound Mixer

Adam Miller

Assistant

Simon Mills

Production

Jono Moles

Construction Manager

Lucy Moles

Construction

Perry Montague-mason

Song Performer

Flora Moody

Makeup

John Moolenschot

Carpenter

Paul Mooney

Makeup Artist

Christopher Moore

Assistant Location Manager

David Morgan

Director Of Photography

David Morgan

Camera Operator

Eddie Murphy

Carpenter

David Murray

Driver

Camilla Naprous

Animal Services

Gerard Naprous

Animal Services

Chris Newman

Assistant Director

Peter Nichols

Executive Producer

Andy Nolan

Electrician

Martin O'connor

Production

Eddie O'neill

Production

Bernard O'reilly

Foley Recordist

Kevin O'shea

Production Insurance

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Adaptation
Family
Foreign
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Kevin O'Shea
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Spotlight) April 22-May 3, 2009.

Based on the play "Easy Virtue" written by Noel Coward.

Limited Release in United States May 22, 2009 (NY, LA)

Released in United States Summer May 22, 2009

Released in United States October 2008 (Shown at London Film Festival (Gala) October 15-30, 2008.)

Released in United States October 2008 (Shown at Rome Film Festival (Competition) October 22-31, 2008.)

Limited Release in United States May 22, 2009

Released in United States Summer May 22, 2009

Released in United States October 2008

Released in United States 2009

Shown at London Film Festival (Gala) October 15-30, 2008.

Shown at Rome Film Festival (Competition) October 22-31, 2008.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (World View) April 23-May 7, 2009.

Released in United States 2009 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (World View) April 23-May 7, 2009.)

Released in United States 2009 (Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Spotlight) April 22-May 3, 2009.)