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'The Riot Club': EW review

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Nicole Dove

The Riot Club

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
107 minutes
Limited Release Date:
03/27/15
performer:
Sam Claflin, Max Irons
director:
Lone Scherfig
genre:
Drama, Thriller

We gave it a C

For a movie about a bunch of debauched Oxford swells, The Riot Club is remarkably lacking in wit…and debauchery, for that matter. Director Lone Scherfig, who used a lot more imagination exploring the British class system in 2010’s An Education, doesn’t seem to know whether she’s taking a swipe at upper-crust entitlement or just churning out a lockjawed riff on 2000’s low-rent collegiate thriller The Skulls. Sam Claflin and Max Irons play two underclassmen tapped to join a secret dining club of twits known for their hedonism and for being totally “hardcore.” Too bad their idea of hardcore is mostly just pouring wine over their heads and cranking Duran Duran’s “The Wild Boys.” They wouldn’t last a day at Arizona State. C

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