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Bright Young Things Movie Review Summary

Actors: Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily Mortimer, Fenella Woolgar, James McAvoy, Simon Callow, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Broadbent, Peter O'Toole

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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








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   Gay guys! Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   British Woman/class/friends story?    -   hippie/bum lifestyle

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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