The twenties have roared. The thirties have yet to swing. John Whittaker, a young Englishman (Ben Barnes), falls madly in love with Larita (Jessica Biel), a sexy and glamorous American woman. And they marry impetuously. However, when the couple returns to the family home, his mother, Mrs. Whittaker (Kristin Scott Thomas), has an instant allergic reaction to her daugther in law.
Larita tries to fit in but refuses to tiptoe through the minefield laid by her mother in law. Larita quickly realizes Mrs. Whittaker’s game and realizes that she must fight back if she is not to lose John.
A battle of wits ensues and sparks soon fly.
Mrs. Whittaker manipulates every situation to undermine Larita, while Larita remains frustratingly calm and engineers sassy counter attacks. Before long, Mrs. Whittaker’s manipulation starts to work on John and Larita feels their love is in danger of slipping away.
In a grand finale, where the secrets of Larita’s past are revealed, she finally makes a break for freedom from the suffocating house…
Poor, poor Ben Barnes. Out of a job, now that the third has been scrapped by Disney, Prince Caspian can’t even get a lead role… At least his cute mug is featured fourth on the poster, right above the dog.