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Families Are Kooky! Previews for Smother and Easy Virtue

These two movies might take place in completely different countries and time periods, but the Monster-in-Law/Meet the Parents/isn't-family-wacky overtones are the same. If there's anything to take away from the trailers for Smother and Easy Virtue it's "beware the in-laws!"

We've been keeping an eye on Easy Virtue for a while now, seeing as it's Jessica Biel's (as a bright blonde?) first big leading lady role in a comedy — a British comedy that takes place in the 1920s, no less. The movie, based on Noel Coward's play, follows an American divorcee, Larita (Biel), who travels to England to meet her new in-laws, having spontaneously married a young Englishman (Ben Barnes). Unfortunately, Larita's new mother-in-law is not too fond of Americans, and regards Larita specifically as a woman of "easy virtue." No U.S. release date yet, but Easy Virtue opens in the UK Nov. 7.

Coming back to present day, the trailer for Smother makes me laugh. To find out why,


In Smother, Dax Shepard (who reminds me of Zach Braff more than a little here) stars as average guy Noah Cooper, whose wife (Liv Tyler) is anxious to make some babies. When Noah's wacky mother (Diane Keaton, whose manic tendencies come in handy here) comes to live with them for a while, Noah begins to have second thoughts about becoming a father. The movie (which has a really adorable poster) apparently opens in limited release next Friday, Sept. 26.

Check out these mother-knows-best trailers below.

Easy Virtue


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Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Technically, KST is old enough to be BBs mom, and she's a good enough actress to pull it off. Easy Virtue looks great - typical British humor. Plus, I'll see anything with Colin Firth in it; nice to see the KST/CL reunion. Smother looks horrid.
nancita nancita 9 years
Easy Virtue looks fun; Biel is better than I expected. But I can't believe Kristin Scott Thomas is playing the MIL. She's way too young and awesome for that. Smother just looks too slapstick and silly for me.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
I like Jessica's costume so much! Can we get fabsugar to find some equivalant looks for today?
tagen22 tagen22 9 years
Can't wait to see Easy Virtue, solely because it has Ben Barnes and I would see anything he was in. More Ben Barnes I say!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
well these are both films that i heard nothing about before but i think that there's something here. i like the plot of the jessica movie - too bad i really don't care for her so i don't know if that will even be enough to make me go and see it. as for the other - i think that i want to see if dax has any talent since we all know that he's dated his fair share of starlets but can he do more than that?
nimue nimue 9 years
ohh even though im not a big fan of jessical biel, easy virtue looks like a riot with colin firth!
nadioz nadioz 9 years
Easy Vertue looks fun, and Jessica Biel looks good in it.
kaykayelle kaykayelle 9 years
I love the Biel, but this doesn't look very good. She still hasn't found her movie, the one that'll be a great role for her. I'll see it nonetheless.
suziryder suziryder 9 years
I don't like Jessica Biel's acting either! But she looks really good in this period photo - she seems to really fit in this world, which may help.
shoegirl365 shoegirl365 9 years
Somehow I could never like Jessica Biel's Acting:(
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Oooh both of these movies look really good! I'm not a big fan of Jessica Biel, but I'll see Easy Virtue for Ben Barnes and Colin Firth (and it looks really funny). And Diane Keaton in a pumpkin suit really sold on me on seeing Smother.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I want to see both of these. I think they look like a good time
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