Annoying and totally implausible. One of the few Stephen Fry dud efforts. Couldn't take this seriously because it isn't and doesn't know where it wants to go. A bit overdone with the "Pip Pip, stiff upper lip".
GREAT fun! True Brit humour making an already funny Evelyn Waugh book even more so for the screen. Well done Stephen Fry!
I tired to like this film but it just kept annoying me. I didn't care about the characters - I think that was the main problem. I did like the production design and costumes and Peter O'Toole was fabulous. Another stand out performance was David Tennant as Ginger. I love Evelyn Waugh's books and I love Stephen Fry and I get it about the 1930's cocaine, smart set - just read anything about Wallis Simpson's life for instance, but it still annoyed me. I also felt the constant jibes at the paparazzi a little too pointed; ie they were annoying then, they are annoying now - just let us rich, fab celebs get on with having fun in private. - I kept expecting to see Kate Moss running through the gaunlet of flash bulbs!
Nothing out of the ordinary ... just a nice little movie.
It was an interesting experience watching this movie. For some reason I just couldn't find fault with it, probably because I was just enjoying it. But I've taken off one star for good measure. So I'd reccomend seeing this one. It's not really a costume drama, or brideshead revisted. It's just a really worthwhile movie to see.
Adam (Stephen Campbell Moore) returns from a spell of living in France having completed his novel satirizing the life-style of the decadent young in London society. On landing from the Channel steamer, a bigoted, narrow-minded customs' officer confiscates the manuscript, describing it as 'filth'. Without an advance from his publisher, Adam is penniless and can no longer afford to marry the socialite Nina (Emily Mortimer). At his hotel he wins 1,000 pounds on the turn of a coin from the very wealthy Ginger (David Tennant), who has his eye on Nina. But then promptly places the full amount on an outsider, 'Indian Runner', recommended by a slightly tipsy 'major', (Jim Broadbent), a racing man, who convinces Adam that he stands to win over 30,000. In the meantime his attempts to write a gossip column fails dismally. Lord Balcairn (James McAvoy), on the other hand, in his well-established 'Chatterbox' column, has been writing anonymously about the scandalous goings-on of party-goers for some time. But his secret has been leaked, his friends feel betrayed, and his lordship is barred from attending Lady Maitland's annual party. In desperation he asks Adam to cover for him, and ring through an account of the party to his editor, a favour that has unexpected consequences for both. A very faithful adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's between-the-war's novel, 'Vile Bodies', the frenetic energy of the party-goers is wonderfully portrayed. But Waugh is ever the shrewd observer of people's folly and this movie does not end with everybody in a state of joyous collapse.
Jolly romp, what? Spiffing actors and actresses. Now, enywun for tennisss?
CRAP!! Only watched it for David Tennant! Boring! Only scanned through to his scenes!
completely unlike the british "period pieces" we've come to know, this wonderful adaptation of evelyn waugh's "vile bodies" does stephen fry proud. the script, acting, production design and music are all terrific, and, perhaps the most telling of all, i enjoyed the movie enough to bother checking out the behind-the-scenes featurette!
Nicely written and sensitively directed. The satirical elements are well-served but never at the expense of the dramatic. So the characters grow in stature and feeling as the plot unfolds.
a fascinating look at the vacuous hedonism of another time with a great little sub-plot that's very amusing.
This movie is not what I expected, but seems to keep you watching.
It provides a current attitude of affluent young adults but sets it in the 20's.
Would not be to everyone's taste - very English period piece about upper class life between the two Wars.
It was OK and had some really funny moments but it did not quite hit the spot.
Generally OK, somewhat odd, but Peter O'Toole is good.
This was a fun, "upper class twit" story that benefitted from the hindsight of ninety-odd years of literature. The settings were authentic-looking, and the camera work interesting. Present-day Australian "upper-class twits" would readily recognise themselves.
Didn't get beyond first 10 minutes! Very disappointed as expect better things from Stephen Fry.
Slow to start but worth hanging in there. Unusual entertaining film.