Would-be novelist Adam Symes (Moore) has his autobiographical novel confiscated by British customs on his way back from the continent, so the money he was counting on from publishing magnate Lord Monomark (Aykroyd) is not available to pay for his fervently desired marriage to Nina Blount (Mortimer).
They are both from well-to-do families that are not doing so well. Nevertheless, they and the other beautiful young people of 1930s London are having an unendingly smashing time. But drugs, sterner social mores, and their own unthinking foolishness and selfishness do many of them in as the war clouds gather in Europe. This 2003 film is British actor Stephen Fry's debut as a feature screenplay writer and director. Although homosexuality gets punished and drug abuse is strongly presented (unlike Waugh's lighter satirical touch with those elements), Fry forgoes Waugh's darker hues and manufactures a somewhat sentimental ending -- perhaps under pressure from financiers and the studio.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus