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Easy Virtue | 2009 | PG-13 | - 5.4.3

Noel Coward 1920s-era comedy about an Englishman (Ben Barnes) who brings his vivacious and glamorous new American bride (Jessica Biel) home to his staid family, turning the household upside down. Also with Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, Katherine Parkinson and Kimberley Nixon. Directed by Stephan Elliot. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A husband climbs on top and kisses his wife in bed (they are clothed): he removes his robe (he's in pajamas underneath), begins to undress her and we hear sensual sounds coming from the bedroom that can be heard through the house.
 Some women dance the can-can, wearing bloomers, and one woman dances without the underwear and her bare buttocks can be seen briefly. A woman wears pajamas that reveal her bare abdomen. A man is bare-chested. A woman, wearing pajamas, gets out of bed.
 A husband and wife kiss in bed (he is bare-chested). A man and a woman kiss in a couple of scenes. A husband kisses his wife on the ear, nose and neck.
 Nude works of art are seen throughout the film: A nude and discreetly covered statue in a theater, a nude statue of Venus in a couple of scenes, nude figures on a bas-relief, an abstract painting of a nude, a nude male statue on fountain, and a woman pushes a nude Venus statue over and it shatters.
 Someone walks in on a couple caught making love (nothing is seen). A woman dances a sensual tango with her husband's father. A married couple smokes while lying in bed (it is implied that they have had sex). A husband and wife are shown in bed, in pajamas while they swig wine from a bottle. A man and a woman are shown in separate beds.
 A person reads a sensual passage from "Lady Chatterley's Lover." A family is shocked to learn that a woman is remarried.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman sits on a small yapping dog, killing it (we don't see the dog): she continues to sit on it to hide it from view, and a bit later sits down on it again, to once more hide it; the dog's body is later hidden in a pillow case so it can be discretely removed from the house and the dog is buried on the grounds (we don't see the actual dog).
 A dead dog is dug up by another dog and brought to a family (we don't see the dead dog). We see people at a memorial service for a dog.
 A woman confesses to killing someone with poison. There is a discussion of lurid news accounts of killings. There is a discussion of woman's previous husband killing himself. There is a discussion of Houdini's death. A man recounts his experience in the war when his companions were killed by machinegun fire.
 A foxhunt commences: we only see the chase, not the outcome (we see hunters carrying hunting rifles, gunshots are fired, startling birds and gunshots are heard in the distance). Stuffed animals are on display throughout a house (a bird, a trophy deer head, a stuffed fox and a close-up of another stuffed animal). A fox is shown in a cage/trap, and is released.
 A woman is struck in the rear with a tennis ball. A spectator is pelted with tennis balls. A woman throws tennis balls at her husband.

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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 not fully enunciated F-word derivative, 5 sexual references, 1 anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (floozie, plonker), 1 religious exclamation.

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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman is shown drinking alcohol frequently, people are shown drinking wine at dinner, a woman drinks brandy and people are shown drinking at a party. Many characters smoke cigarettes throughout the film, including smoking at the breakfast table in the morning, and in bed in the evening.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Culture clash, family conflict, mercy killing, murder, scandal, unconditional love.
MESSAGE - There are prices to be paid for unconditional love. One cannot run away from one's past.
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