Bright Young Things (2003)
Critic Consensus: 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.
as Adam Symes
as Nina Blount
as Simon Balcairn
as Ginger Littlejohn
as Tiger LaBouchere
as Lord Monomark
as Drunk Major
as King of Anatolia
as Chief Customs Office...
as Mrs. Melrose Ape
as Father Rothschild
as Lottie Crump
as Man Taking Cocaine a...
as Sir James Brown
as Lady Brown
as Lady Maitland
as Colonel Blount
as Sneath/Photo Rat
as Jimmy Vanburgh
as Jane Brown
as Estate Agent
as Foreign Dignatory
as Race Steward
as Solo Singing Angel
as Adam's Taxi Driver
as Handsome Man at Part...
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Bright Young Things
The 'wit' is leaden and unfunny; the narrative's progress ungainly; the direction stolid.
One conceit of writer-director Stephen Fry is to dramatize parties as knots of chaos, social hurricanes that spill across the landscape this way and that, ruining lives, eating time, preventing progress of any kind.
Though Fry's movie has plenty of nasty wit, it lacks the sheer luxurious malice of Waugh's book. Fry is acerbic; Waugh is lethal.
Satire should seek to sterilise or maim its targets; Fry wants us to feel for them.
Though it falls short of Fry's best work in other fields, this is a sound first feature.
Audience Reviews for Bright Young Things
Airy-fairy dross that lacks substance.
"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.
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.
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