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Riot Club

6.01 h 46 min2015R
In this savage satire of money, sex and power from the director of An Education, a band of overprivileged rich boys run wild at Oxford, the world's most prestigious university.
Lone Scherfig
Sam ClaflinMax IronsDouglas Booth
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Natalie DormerBen SchnetzerJessica Brown Findlay
Graham BroadbentPete CzerninBen KnightRosa RomeroIvan DunleavySteve NorrisThorsten SchumacherPeter WatsonLizzie FranckeSam LavenderTessa Ross
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Kimberly M. BottReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Like Stephanie Meyer wrote about how evil rich Oxford ppl are
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I could tell this was based on a play but was surprised to learn it was by a British playwrite. The idea that this is what Oxford is like or how rich or British pale act is laughable. It's like A Clockwork Orange if it was written by Stephanie Meyer dreaming about going to college at Oxford and being in a secret society. There certainly are societies. Some of them have certainly hired sex workers. Otherwise this comes across like a US American teen telling you what they think it's like. Don't worry it's not. If you'd like to see an (ironically) far more realistic portrayal I suggest the movie "Tolkien".
Beyond that the series of events was disjointed and preposterous. Characters need motivations in their actions of some sort. There is no background offered. There's no twist that explains it. It's just someone out of their depth talking about the rich baddies as through they somehow do not need motivations.
I'm not sure if any of the across were British either but some of the attempts were so bad I really didn't pick up most of the characters were meant to be Brits until several scenes in.
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Get What We GiveReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
As an Anglophile I would like to like this, but it is not even shocking enough to warrant a bother.
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I've never seen the play on which this film is based, but if it is close to the film in content, I don't think I would have liked it either.

There's a group of young Oxford(esque) boys who are members (new and old) of this very ancient "dinner" club called the Riot Club. They are all from the "BEST" families - and if you have to ask how to join, then you will not be asked to join - very exclusive - only 10 members each year.

Apparently, the point of the club is to be as nasty and cruel as possible, while looking down your nose at the "lesser" people, all the while acting like the most reprehensible, low delinquents.

It IS possible that this would play better in England or the Ivy League US schools are - but I don't think so. I'm not sure what the point of the film is. It focuses on these "pretty" boys with platinum heritage, but who are ridiculously portrayed as contemptuous of anyone outside of their own inner circle. ( Think "The Skulls" without the promise of enhanced privilege. These guys are already privileged and seem to just be anarchists for the sake of anarchy and outrageous at the expense of hard working people.)

There is no build-up and no resolution. None of these boys are shown to be worthy of our time, emotionally and certainly not worthy of concern/care for their situations.

There is ever so slight of a hint that one of the boys doesn't like what it happening, but that is never explored.

The message of the film seems to be that the privileged go unchecked and can get out of any kind of trouble.

Do we really need a film to tell us that such is the case? We know that is true.
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Lemon LymanReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
If it ain't broke, don't fix it...
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This one hurt. Really hurt.

'Posh' is one of the best plays of the past decade, and I will forever remember the exhilaration of watching it. It is a play that bubbles with tension whilst being hurting-your-cheeks-from-smiling-so-much funny; the combination of these elements speaks to the skill of Laura Wade as a writer, sneaking into Martin McDonagh's turf. Sadly everything that makes 'Posh' great is missing here. It is devoid of subtlety, there is little menace and they really - REALLY - forgot to bring the funny. And it really is such a shame, as the ingredients were all there, and a number of the cast would surely have excelled if they'd got their hands of the real thing, but it wasn't to be.

'Posh' wasn't broke, it didn't need fixing... but they went ahead and did it anyway. Find the play, see the play. Or read the play. Anything but this.
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bgrReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Boring fantasy of how horrible the rich and privileged are
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Two dimensional characters, shallow plot, and reductive imaginings of class conflicts devoid of nuance or depth. For an English film about Oxford, there's zero English wit or humor. I've never regretted spending $10 this much in my life. Absolutely joyless waste of time.
Stacy L. CutterReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
worth a view
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I liked this movie. it was difficult to watch sometimes due to the sheer nature of the how people with money view their status and people below them, but definitely worth watching.
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IonaReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
This movie was a real disappointment. Young men
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This movie was a real disappointment. Young men, who know better but don't care, running wild, destroying property and their futures, creating mass havoc. Is it their parents' faults, or just a "right of passage" of their university club and their English upper class status? The acting wasn't bad and viewing the English landscape offset the negative aspects of the film.
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Balsam_and_ProteinReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible Direction, Flailing Actors
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What's the worst thing anyone can say about a movie? That it's boring... and that's definitely the case in this adaptation of a play posing as an expose of young British aristocrats. While the source material seems marginally interesting, it's really hard to say, as the direction is clumsy and some of the acting embarrassingly over the top, so you end up in a stupor of confusion and disbelief. Ultimately, I just wanted it to be over.

Harry Lyons in particular seems to know not the meaning of "subtlety," or maybe he's lost in the haze created by the director's clueless helming. Confusion abounds. Is the movie a sendup of rich English twits, an attack on sincerity, or a muddled, genteel "Fight Club" ("riot" rhymes with "fight" in posh speak, evidently)? Nobody will ever know, least of all the filmmakers.

The exception is Max Irons, whose performance manages to lift off a few feet above ground. He is miscast and comes off as less "polished baby oligarch with conscience" than as, say, a rugby player hiding the fact that he's on scholarship. Yet he's got the physical presence of a young Albert Finney or Richard Burton. Unfortunately, he's been made to "emote" with his face and play up his sensitive qualities in this movie, where we want to see his ferocity and coiled stamina be allowed to explode.

By far the biggest problem, though, is that the source play hasn't been well translated for the screen and the director has no idea how to pull off whosever vision it was to turn this into a movie.
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rhlockremReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun movie.
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Hilarious and ironic!
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