Bright Young Things

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Colored with witty performances and a camp sense of satire, Stephen Fry's version of Evelyn Waugh's novel may only be fitfully successful but it does mark a promising debut for the British comic.

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During the 1930s in England, a group of young socialites dominate the national gossip with extravagant and outlandish antics. Among the group is the aspiring novelist Adam Fenwick-Symes (Stephen Campbell Moore), who is attempting to raise enough money to marry fellow member Nina Blount (Emily Mortimer). However, after customs officials confiscate his first manuscript, Fenwick-Symes must recover from the financial setback and figure out new ways to earn money for a wedding.

Cast & Crew

James McAvoy
Simon Balcairn
David Tennant
Ginger Littlejohn
Fenella Woolgar
Agatha
Dan Aykroyd
Lord Monomark
Jim Broadbent
The Drunken Major
Simon Callow
King of Anatolia
Jim Carter
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Chris Auty
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Andrew Eaton
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Stephen Fry
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Neil Peplow
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Jim Reeve
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Steve Robbins
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Michael Winterbottom
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Critic Reviews for Bright Young Things

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Audience Reviews for Bright Young Things

  • Mar 13, 2012
    A nicely directed first feature from Fry (although you suspect he's thrown a lot of unneccesary clutter in there too) but your enjoyment of the film will depend on how much you can actually stand the characters. I admired the performances but didn't take to any of them and therefore found the whole thing a bit of a frothy mix rather than a substantial work.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2011
    Airy-fairy dross that lacks substance.
    Ross C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2009
    "Bright, young people. That's what they call you. Well, I guess one of out three isn't bad." Bright Young Things is one of the lightest things I've seen in quite a while. It is not serious at all, nor does it take itself seriously. Its flinty, funny, and irreverent. I was curious to see how Stephen Fry would in the director's chair, and he is really rather good. Plus, there is an incredible lineup; with James McAvoy, David Tennant, Jim Broadbent, Michael Sheen, and so many others. I really would never want to watch this again, but it really is great fun to watch once.
    Jake . Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2008
    I went into this knowing that it would be difficult to capture the brilliance of "Vile Bodies", which is one of my favorite novels. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised (and thoroughly amused) at how well Mr. Fry captured the feel of the book. The set designs and costumes are wonderful, the cast is amazing and the writing (al a Waugh) is brilliant and clever. I was even impressed by Dan Aykroyd who is not normally a "draw" for me.
    Robert C Super Reviewer

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