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Bright Young Things (2003)

Cast: Emily Mortimer, Emily Mortimer, Stephen Campbell Moore, more...
Director: Stephen Fry, Stephen Fry
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Studio: New Line Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, British Comedy, Costume Drama/Period Piece, SNL Alums, UK
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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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. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

Playwright, screenwriter, novelist, actor, comic and otherwise, Stephen Fry isn't merely prolific. As Sean Axmaker discovers in an exclusive GreenCine interview, talking to him about his directorial debut, Bright Young Things, Fry is himself bright, wildly young at heart and full of theories about the tradition from which he's sprung. Full Article >>

GreenCine Member Reviews

Fry Does Waugh. Wow! by talltale February 11, 2005 - 6:03 AM PST
7 out of 8 members found this review helpful
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS is director/adapter Stephen Fry's gift to movies. He's done a lovely job filming Evelyn Waugh's "Vile Bodies," bringing to this story (of a group of high society twits in England as WWII approaches) the look, style and pace to make it sunny, funny and finally moving, as it draws to an appropriate close. The cast is crackerjack--particularly a young blond actress who goes by the name of Fenella Woolgar. She is stunning, funny, wonderful, and I can't wait to see her again. Fry never condescends to his characters; consequently they engage us, silliness and all, and we come to understand them in a deeper way than most movies of this sort allow. Fry never dawdles nor repeats himself; he keeps us on our toes, and so his film moves faster and demands more of the viewer than a typical Masterpiece Theatre period piece. Beware--but be there.

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