Set in the 1930s, the film follows a social set known to the press -- who follow their every move -- as the 'Bright Young Things,' Adam (Stephen Campbell Moore
) and his friends are eccentric, wild, and entirely shocking to the older generation. They are young, party-going creatures who embrace every innovation, from the gramophone to the telephone -- in a self-consciously up-to-the-minute way. Amidst the madness, Adam, who is well connected but totally broke, is desperately trying to get enough money to marry the beautiful Nina (Emily Mortimer
). While his attempts to raise cash are constantly thwarted, their friends seem to self-destruct, one-by-one in an endless search for newer and faster sensations. Finally, when events out of their control come crashing into the world, they are forced to reassess their lives and what they value the most.
Adapted from the classic comic novel, Vile Bodies
, by Evelyn Waugh.