Bright Young Things (2003)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Period Film, Sophisticated Comedy  |   Release Date - Aug 20, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - UK  |   MPAA Rating - R
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British writer/actor Stephen Fry makes his feature-film debut with the witty, sophisticated comedy Bright Young Things, adapted from Evelyn Waugh's 1930 novel Vile Bodies. Set in London during the '30s, this stylish period film follows an ensemble cast of well-dressed and highly literate partygoers. Aspiring writer Adam Fenwick-Symes (stage actor Stephen Campbell Moore) loses the manuscript of his first novel when traveling through customs. He then sets out to raise enough money to marry his sweetheart, Nina Blount (Emily Mortimer), the daughter of a colonel (Peter O'Toole). All in the name of love, Adam seeks funding through a constant stream of parties, meetings, and conversations with eccentric acquaintances. Cameo appearances are made by the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Simon Callow, and Stockard Channing. Bright Young Things was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.

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decadence, institution, party, social-climber, socialite, writing, Roaring-Twenties