6.6/10
4,458
64 user 62 critic

Bright Young Things (2003)

R | | Comedy, Drama, War | 3 October 2003 (UK)
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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)

On Disc

at Amazon

10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When the kinetic Rory moves into his room in the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, his effect on the home is immediate. Most telling is his friendship with Michael, a young man with cerebral palsy and nearly unintelligible speech. Somehow, Rory understands Michael, and encourages him to experience life outside the confines of home.

Director: Damien O'Donnell
Stars: James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Steven Robertson
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer
ShakespeaRe-Told (TV Mini-Series 2005)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A modern re-telling of four William Shakespeare stories.

Stars: Nick Malinowski, Shirley Henderson, James McAvoy
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A cross cultural romance set in London's East End about a young girl of Indian heritage.

Director: Jeremy Wooding
Stars: Preeya Kalidas, James McAvoy, Ray Panthaki
The Near Room (1995)
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Charlie Colquhoun is a journalist whose career is floundering. As a teenager, he fathered a daughter, Tommy, who was committed to foster care as an infant. Seventeen years later, Charlie, ... See full summary »

Director: David Hayman
Stars: Adrian Dunbar, David O'Hara, David Hayman
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on Pat Barker's novel of the same name, 'Regeneration' tells the story of soldiers of World War One sent to an asylum for emotional troubles. Two of the soldiers meeting there are ... See full summary »

Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Stars: Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby, Jonny Lee Miller
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Set in 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University.

Director: Tom Vaughan
Stars: James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Rebecca Hall
The Pool (2001)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

School's out, exams are over, and it's time for real life to begin. But before 12 friends from the International High School in Prague disappear to the four corners of the earth, they ... See full summary »

Director: Boris von Sychowski
Stars: Kristen Miller, Elena Uhlig, Paul Grasshoff
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Sneath (Photo-Rat)
...
...
...
...
...
Mrs Melrose Ape
...
Customs Officer
...
...
Agatha
...
Lord Monomark
...
...
Basilio
...
Ginger Littlejohn
...
The Drunken Major
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Judge
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 October 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Agria niata  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£327,293 (UK) (3 October 2003)

Gross:

$931,755 (USA) (12 November 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Stephen Fry commissioned two contemporary songs from The Pet Shop Boys for the movie - a cover version of Noël Coward's "The Party's Over Now" and a Pet Shop Boys-penned title track. The title track was written and recorded but the director elected not to use any Pet Shop Boys' performances, preferring to utilize only period music in the film. See more »

Goofs

A gramophone record of Noel Coward's "Nina" is played in the section before World War II breaks out. Coward didn't record the song until 1945. See more »

Quotes

Race Steward: I'm terribly sorry, but only mechanics, judges, and family are allowed beyond this point.
Miles: We're family. That one's my husband.
Race Steward: Your what?
Agatha: Only joking. He means he's my husband, don't you, darling?
See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits list the actors one or two at a time, showing pictures of their characters in the film along with their names. See more »

Connections

Featured in From the Bottom Up (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

By A Waterfall
Music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Irving Kahal
Performed by Ken Barnie & Andrew Mackenna
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Manic Depressive.
24 March 2008 | by (gateshead,tyne and wear, england, uk) – See all my reviews

The film Bright Young Things, adapted from Evelyne Waugh's acclaimed fable; Vile Bodies is manic in its pace. As such it is reminiscent of His Girl Friday (1940) with its legendary speed of comedy delivery. The difference with His Girl Friday the speed of the comedy delivery is applied to loquaciousness with a bit of slap stick. Director Stephen Fry of Bright Young Things on the other hand utilises speed to articulate the decadence of the period. As such he is affective in his endeavour of making his point of a decadent aristocracy.

The depressing aspect of the film is that the aristocracy are portrayed as decadent party animals, unlike the poor who in their pursuit of escaping their worries are (in today's post modern Britain) often labelled as 'feckless' by the tabloid press. But as the impoverished poor struggled to feed themselves across Europe during the inter-war period, the aristocracy idly carried on without social conscience or obligation to responsibility. Such decadence at the expense of the poor contributed towards the rise of extreme politics in Europe during the 1920s.

Contributing to the masses' public perception of the idle rich decadence of the inter-war period was the tabloid press. The press baron in the film is shown as suppressing the realities of the issues affecting the ordinary people of Britain for profit, and thereby concealing truth.

While Fry adeptly captures the decadence of the 20s in Bright Young Things, Peter O'Toole steels the film with his outstanding satirising of the stereotypical English eccentric. As the eccentric of the upper classes O'Toole's character Colnol Blout is the epitome of English two faced diplomacy of the ruling classes. The example being when he writes a cheque out for £1000 to help his prospective son-in-law to marry his daughter, when he signs it in the name of Charlie Chaplin. A typical English snub no less!

Excellent film, well acted and brilliantly directed.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?