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The Beat Beneath My Feet Trailer


Tom dreams of success as an international rockstar, but in reality, he's far from becoming that. He's a bespectacled teenager who lives with his single mum, is regularly teased and thus gets into fights. Soon though, he has a stroke of luck when he meets his rowdy new neighbour Steve, who turns out to be the frontman of a band Tom idolises, but who has - according to reports - apparently been dead for eight years (conveniently following a tax dispute). Desperate to become the musician he wants to be, Tom offers him an ultimatum; Steve much teach Tom everything he knows, or risk being outed as alive and having his peaceful life disrupted. Tom wants to enter a Battle of the Bands contest, but his competition is sceptical that he'll ever make it. Can Tom truly surprise everybody? Or is he chasing a fruitless dream?

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Bright Young Things Review


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Bright Young Things arrives at an ideal time. Focusing on a group of twentysomething socialites having a frolicking good time in 1930s London, while the press hungers for every detail, it capitalizes on the current media's fascination with idiot VIPs like the Hilton sisters and Bijou Phillips. For some, Bright Young Things could also serve as a sunnier alternative to the gloomy young things in Garden State, Natalie Portman excluded.

It's OK to have fun in your twenties, and in Bright Young Things, the characters have plenty of it. They attend lavish costume parties that scream of good times and well-funded debauchery, do cocaine like Rick James in 1979 and take trips to the countryside, all the while exchanging quips. At its best, the movie resembles a far more literate, sophisticated version of an episode of the E! True Hollywood Story.

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Bright Young Things Review


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"Bright Young Things" is a terribly witty romp through 1930s pre-war London with a pack of idle young swells who live scrumptious but superficial lives of joyous gossip-page decadence and complacent scandal that has the potential to ruin them.

Very cleverly adapted (from Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies") and directed by the gifted comedic actor Stephen Fry ("Wilde," "Peter's Friends"), our surrogate in this world is Adam Symes (newcomer Stephen Campbell Moore), a well-connected but flat broke novelist and fringe member of this society who is railroaded into writing an anonymous gossip column about his pals -- although he's soon inventing entirely fictional members of the circle just to keep his readers amused.

An ironic failure at schemes to get rich quick so he can ask the "frantically bored" and beautiful but secretly vulnerable and melancholy Nina (subtly heartbreaking and simply wonderful Emily Mortimer) to marry him, Adam's fortunes -- which practically fluctuate with the tides -- are just one source of endless humor. But director Fry furtively hints at shades of compunction and misfortune under the film's carefree surface that bubble up as world events encroach on these lives of leisure, eventually taking the film to an unexpected level of empathy, nuance and humanity.

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The Beat Beneath My Feet Trailer

The Beat Beneath My Feet Trailer

Tom dreams of success as an international rockstar, but in reality, he's far from becoming...

Bright Young Things Movie Review

Bright Young Things Movie Review

"Bright Young Things" is a terribly witty romp through 1930s pre-war London with a pack...

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