'Riot Club': cups overflowing with privilege

April 9, 2015 3:47 PM

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"The Riot Club," a poisonous satire of Britain's upper class, adapted from Laura Wade's play "Posh," may puncture any lingering fantasies that good breeding is synonymous with noblesse oblige. The small group of rich young men on whom it focuses belong to an Oxford University dining club that has a fabled history of drunken mischief making. As they exercise their privilege at the club's annual bacchanal, an alternate title for the movie comes to mind: "Boozing and Vomiting."

Why such excess? As one member of this group, the Riot Club, explains in dulcet Oxonian cadences, "It is the last time we get to disport ourselves without everybody watching" since many of the members will one day occupy "very important desks" in politics and business. (The fictional club is loosely...

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