Worth Watching - Sept 15: Stephan Elliott's Easy Virtue Trailer
by Alex Billington
September 15, 2008
Another romantic comedy period piece, but this one stars Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Kimberley Nixon. Adapted from a play, Easy Virtue is about an cheerful American girl who marries a young Englishman on the spur of the moment in France and heads home to meet his in-laws. The film just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rather mild reviews and minimal buzz, but that doesn't really say much about this. As much as I hate period pieces, it actually looks kind of fun, if I can say that without being attacked. There's even a chorus redo of Tom Jones' classic "Sex Bomb" song. I don't think too many will get a kick out of this, but there are a few of you who will - so enjoy!
Watch the first trailer for Easy Virtue:
Easy Virtue is both written and directed by Stephan Elliott, of Frauds, Eye of the Beholder, and that Hugo Weaving transvestite film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert previously. The film is based on the play originally written by Noel Coward and was adapted for the screen by both Elliott and Sheridan Jobbins. The film was produced by BBC Films and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this past week. Easy Virtue doesn't have a US distributor yet, but is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2009.
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
If the choral rendition of Sex Bomb is used in the film, there will be no reason not to see it. I heard a rumor somewhere that Tom Jones is actually God...
Phillip on Sep 15, 2008
This preivew didnt do much. it is going to be a skip on my part for this movie..
Max Russian on Sep 15, 2008
I'm not usually a fan of Jessica Biel, but this one looks good despite her.
Serafina on Sep 15, 2008
I saw this at Toronto and it got a standing ovation after the first screening (and a round of applause from the audience to Jessica & Colin's tango). It was witty, a lot of fun and laugh out loud hysterical at points. While Ben Barnes's role was a bit subdued, Ms.Biel shows a talent for comedy and Mr. Firth, as ever, showcases his ability to deliver the droll lines and his comedic timing, while Scott-Thomas is spot on with her portrayal of the all too formal matriarch. Don't judge this by the trailer and if it does get a US release, go see it. It is better than it looks.
diane on Sep 16, 2008
Boy, that voice-over was super cheesy.
Asvetic on Sep 16, 2008
This looks like fun and a nice change of pace from the summer dreck I've been watching too much of lately. And Ms. Biel looks like she's having a good time.
Woodge on Sep 16, 2008
Yes, I love this movie already....I can't wait to see it. The characters and chemistry works...now that's great acting...
athena on Sep 16, 2008
Come on, Alex, you just like Biel's ass in that ball gown.
Defeatedfrog on Sep 16, 2008
Is that voice over guy new? He sounds really different, I don't like it.
Nathan on Sep 17, 2008
The other guy just passed away recently. They had to get somebody. Guess we'll have to get used to him.
diane on Sep 17, 2008
I saw this in Toronto. It was so much fun - sexy, heartfelt and laugh out loud funny. There was certainly a buzz about it around the festival... I'm surprised that there's not been more follow up - maybe it's that cheese dip voice over that's killing it.
Rita Fast on Sep 17, 2008
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