Entertainment Weekly - 08/20/2004
"[Fry's] instincts are, happily, subversive. His cast is crème de la Brit."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 07/01/2004
"[S]umptuously mounted....Writer-director Stephen Fry guides the huge cast with finesse..."
New York Times - 08/20/2004
"[W]hat distinguishes this one is its dash and vigor....The camera, rather than composing the action into a presentable pageant, plunges in, capturing the madness of the era in a swirl of colors and jolting close-ups."
Los Angeles Times - 09/10/2004
"The cast is as enormous as it is spectacular..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/10/2004
"The movie has a sweetness and tenderness for these characters..."
Based on VILE BODIES, the novel by Evelyn Waugh, this colorful trifle is set in 1920s London at the height of its raucous swing era, when society balls and bacchanalian behavior were all the rage. Adam (Stephen Campbell Moore) is a young, carefree writer whose circle of eccentric friends keep him out at parties all night long. Wild costumes, dancing, cocktails, cocaine, and positively "divine" company make a life of neverending revelry totally attainable. While Adam never seems to have a dime in his pocket, he does not seem to care. The only thing he risks is the opportunity to marry his glamorous sweetheart Nina (Emily Mortimer) whose father insists she wed for financial gain. In an effort to appease Nina and her father, Adam gleans a few dollars from his job as a gossip columnist, until his intimidating boss (Dan Aykroyd) fires him for inventing fashion trends. But every dollar makes is lost within no time at all on whimsical materialistic purchases and risky endeavors such as betting on horses. Finally the war starts, bringing the decadence to a disturbing halt and forcing Adam to finally sober up. A quaint period piece full of jumping Charleston music and stylish suits and gowns, Stephen Fry's BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS is light and easily digestible entertainment.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Based on the novel, Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh, Bright Young Things is a look at the uppercrust British society during the frenzied 1930s. The story follows the lives of a group of young socialites also known as the "Bright Young Things."
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