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Bright Young Things (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War  |  3 October 2003 (UK)
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An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies," is a look into the lives of a young novelist, his would-be lover, and a host of young people who beautified London in the 1930s.

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A fool and his money. In the 1930s, Adam Fenwick-Symes is part of the English idle class, wanting to marry the flighty Nina Blount. He's a novelist with a hundred-pound advance for a manuscript confiscated by English customs. He spends the next several years trying to get money and to set a wedding date: he trades in gossip, wins money on wagers then gives it to a drunken major who's suggested he bet on a horse in an upcoming race. Adam tries to get the money back, but can't find the major. Meanwhile, Nina needs security, friends drink too much, and general unhappiness spoils the party. Then war breaks out. Is Adam's bright youth dimming with the fall of an empire? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sex... Scandal... Celebrity... Some things never change.

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3 October 2003 (UK)  »

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£327,293 (UK) (3 October 2003)

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$931,755 (USA) (12 November 2004)
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"Bright Young Things" was the working title of "Vile Bodies", the book upon which the film is based. See more »

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A television aerial can be seen on the right hand rooftops in the external shot of the hotel that Adam and Nina stay at. See more »

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Colonel Blount: So you're the young fool who's going to marry my daughter.
Adam Fenwick-Symes: I very much hope so, Sir.
Colonel Blount: How much money have you got?
Adam Fenwick-Symes: Well... I had a thousand pounds last night. I gave to all to a drunken major.
Colonel Blount: What did you do that for?
Adam Fenwick-Symes: Well, I... I hoped he'd put it on Indian Runner... In the November handicap.
Colonel Blount: Never heard of the animal. When will you next have some money?
Adam Fenwick-Symes: Well, when I've written some book. You see, I owe Lord Monomark. For an advance. And until I get it written I rather hoped... *we* rather ...
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Pomp & Circumstance No. 4
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Bright and Beautiful moments
9 June 2004 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

"Bright Young Things" is a very stylish adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh novel, "Vile Bodies". I felt the film captured the snarky satire tone of the novel and was a fairly decent effort on the part of Stephen Fry who was making his directorial debut. I found the film played fairly light and enjoyable; a bit like a meringue that way. I suspect that this is a film for those with a fondness for wicked satire, in jokes and an interest in period pieces.

There is a kind of manic pacing to the film and the cinematography which I suppose matches the feeling of the time. People had survived a war, and a pandemic so it might make one a bit dotty.

I was quite pleased by some of the work by some of the young actors who had never been in a film before. They had a pleasant ease infront of the camera.

It isn't going to be some over the top smash. It is one of those nice art house films that one later rents from the library and shares with certain friends who have a taste for colorful clothes and characters.


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