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An American city girl in the English countryside - not good for one's stiff upper lip!,
This review is from: Easy Virtue [DVD] (DVD)
This adaptation of a Noel Coward play was great fun. It was full of great performances from an all-star cast, and some hilarious set pieces - involving a chihuahua and the can can, and a fabulous tango from Colin Firth, but I digress.
The roaring twenties are in full flow when John Whittaker has a whirlwind romance and brings his new American bride home to meet the family in their crumbling ancestral pile. Immediately a battle of wits ensue between his monster of a mother (the wonderfully clipped Kristin Scott Thomas) and Larita, a go-getter from Detroit (Jessica Biel). Colin Firth is the drop-out father still suffering from the stress of the Great War. Everyone is either jealous or in awe of Larita who as a city girl, feels totally trapped in the countryside, but she plays them at their own game, and there are skeletons in plenty of cupboards including her own to unearth! I also enjoyed a brilliantly wry turn from Kris Marshall as the butler.
I totally missed this film when on at the cinema, but the DVD was a joy. The soundtrack was an odd thing though - packed with the cream of Coward, there were some twenties versions of modern songs cropping up which make you do a double take. It was enchanting, but with just enough serious bits to give you a rest between the comedy. I loved it.