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Bright Young Things (2003)

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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.

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A group of young geniuses are drawn together by a mysterious advertisement, and then suspiciously abandoned on an island, where they scramble to sort out their collective fate.
Rating:
R (for some drug use)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Box Office:
$832,836.00
Runtime:
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Cast

Emily Mortimer
as Nina Blount
James McAvoy
as Simon Balcairn
David Tennant
as Ginger Littlejohn
Guy Henry
as Archie
Alec Newman
as Tiger LaBouchere
Dan Aykroyd
as Lord Monomark
Jim Broadbent
as Drunk Major
Simon Callow
as King of Anatolia
Jim Carter
as Chief Customs Officer
Stockard Channing
as Mrs. Melrose Ape
Richard E. Grant
as Father Rothschild
Julia McKenzie
as Lottie Crump
John Mills
as Man Taking Cocaine at Party
Bill Paterson
as Sir James Brown
Imelda Staunton
as Lady Brown
Harriet Walker
as Lady Maitland
Peter O'Toole
as Colonel Blount
Simon McBurney
as Sneath/Photo Rat
Alex Barclay
as Jimmy Vanburgh
Bruno Lastra
as Basilio
Lisa Dillon
as Jane Brown
Stephen Fry
as Chauffer
Mark Gatiss
as Estate Agent
Ivan Marevich
as Foreign Dignatory
Tony Maudsley
as Race Steward
Robyn Parton
as Solo Singing Angel
Nigel Planer
as Adam's Taxi Driver
Larry Randall
as Handsome Man at Party
Anna-Marie Wayne
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Bright Young Things

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (35)

The 'wit' is leaden and unfunny; the narrative's progress ungainly; the direction stolid.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

October 7, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Suffers from feeling like it's just pretending to be good when it's obviously much, much happier being bad. But when it's bad, it's very, very good.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

If you yearn for a Brit fix, this is your flick. If not, think twice before checking it out.

September 24, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Since no one is playing a rounded character -- just pawns in Waugh's linguistic 'exercise' -- the performances are necessarily mere snapshots haphazardly crammed into a chaotic album.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bright Young Things

Airy-fairy dross that lacks substance.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

"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 ....
Jake ....

Super Reviewer

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
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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