- Alternate Character Interpretation:
- The ending is subject to this, as the director deliberately left it ambiguous. Even the actors disagree on what it means. Jessica Biel believes that Jim leaving with Larita is nothing romantic and that they are more kindred spirits - Jim simply taking this opportunity to escape from the house. Colin Firth meanwhile thinks the tango scene points to something romantic, especially since he takes over after John rebuffs her.
- It's up in the air whether Hilda and Marion should be pitied - as they're clearly pawns in their mother's manipulations. But since Hilda in particular goes to great lengths to find dirt on Larita, it looks like Veronica didn't have to do much manipulation at all.
- Is Veronica's revelation that the family is running out of money a moment that humanises her, or is it just another example of her hypocrisy? The family fortune was lost through her mismanagement. She's either a woman who was in over her head trying to cope with the trauma of a World War, or else a manipulator who demands that her young son fix the mess she made.
- Awesome Moments:
Veronica: So speaks the Siren, leading the sailors to their deaths.Larita: At least I'm not Medusa turning them to stone.
- Larita obeys Veronica's wishes and turns up for the fox hunt. She rides on her motorcycle and lures the fox away from the dogs.
- This fantastic Shut Up, Hannibal! response when Larita has finally had enough of Veronica's nonsense:
- Crosses the Line Twice: Larita accidentally killing the family dog by sitting on it. And she has to keep sitting down on the body to prevent any of the others from finding it.
- Fanon: It's widely agreed among viewers that John will marry Sarah out of convenience, and save the family with her dowry.
- Funny Moments: Hilda's performance of the can-can, where it's revealed that she is Going Commando. Although it acts as a HeelFace Door-Slam for her, it's absolutely hysterical.
- Moral Event Horizon: Hilda goes from Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain to her mother's Beta Bitch by revealing that Larita was on trial for the death of her husband. Despite knowing at least some of the circumstances - he was dying of cancer - she gleefully uses it to discredit Larita.
- She Really Can Act: Although Jessica Biel had showed that she was able to do something different from Ms. Fanservice or Action Girl roles in The Illusionist, critics were pleasantly surprised with her performance here.
- Tear Jerker: This exchange between John and Larita right before Larita walks out on him.Larita: You should have loved me more.John: I couldn't have loved you more.Larita: Then you should have loved me better.
- The Woobie:
- Larita, once her full backstory is revealed. She was genuinely in love with her first husband and had to assist his suicide rather than allow cancer to kill him. Add this to the fact that she spends the whole story getting antagonised by her in-laws and the poor woman needs a hug.
- Jim, considering he's a Shell-Shocked Veteran who is forced to stay with a wife he hates and two equally rotten daughters, all for the sake of appearances and propriety.
YMMV / Easy Virtue