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The Riot Club (2014)

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Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Arnold ...
Lord Riot
Lady Anne
Alistair's Father
Alistair's Mother
Patrick Barlow ...
George's Mummy
Eager Chap


SPOILER: Alistair and Miles, both with aristocratic connections, start their first year at Oxford University though they are very different, Miles is down to earth and happy to have a girlfriend, Lauren, from a lower background whilst Alistair is a snob with aspirations to follow his uncle, a Tory MP. The common bond is that both become members of the Riot Club, a long established elite drinking club priding itself on hedonism and the belief that money can buy anything. Having been barred from most establishments in Oxford they have their annual dinner at the function room in a country pub, where their rowdy behavior angers other patrons though they reimburse Chris, the landlord. They hire a prostitute but she refuses to perform group sex, then one of them rings Lauren, whom they importune to Max's horror. Getting progressively more drunk and ingesting drugs they start to trash the room and, when Chris comes to complain, Alistair savagely assaults him, landing him in hospital. Though ... Written by don @ minifie-1, geo

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Filthy Rich, Spoilt Rotten


Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, disturbing and violent behavior, sexual content, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 March 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Posh  »

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Opening Weekend:

$808,939 (UK) (21 September 2014)

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The film was previously named 'Posh' but was renamed to 'The Riot Club'. See more »


When Charlie comes to the pub she is handed a glass of champagne. With different camera angles the champagne flute turns to a shot glass then back to a champagne flute. See more »


Charlie: I'm really sorry, I don't do more than two visits in a row without a break, so...
Alistair Ryle: What break do you need, if you're just lying there?
Charlie: I'm not just a live version of the sock you wank into.
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References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »


Adeste Fidelis
Lyrics by Frederick Oakeley and music by John Reading
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Performed by R. Ashton, M. Down, A. Miller, R Halliday
Arranged by Peter Wright
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1 March 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

A group of young men in an Oxford society that is a thinly-disguised Bullingdon recruit new members and set in train their initiations and various japes. This culminates in a welcome party that skips from debauchery into Dionysian rage. The two new recruits are an odd couple, a kind of good snob/bad snob pairing who share a tutorial and have facile arguments along Tory/Labour lines. The problem with all the chundering and punting antics of these spoiled clowns is that it is too easy a target. The Riot Club wields too blunt a scalpel to be incisive social commentary. And it just isn't funny or bizarre enough to be biting satire. The ten members all seem to flounce around in a similar fashion and become indistinguishable from each other. Thank the stars one was Greek which allowed for a degree of differentiation. Live long enough in the UK and you will come across arid, prickly Oxbridge graduates with their insular sneering and extensive on-parade vocabulary. They form a particular insidious tribe in UK society and the system of boarding schools and privilege that breeds them is ripe for excoriation. Unfortunately, this film takes aim and misses by a ridiculous mile.

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