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No worries though, because Max happily switches rooms and turns his attention on flirting with Lauren (Holliday Grainger).
Apart from the performances, there is nothing much to latch onto in ‘The Riot Club.’ The bitter sense of humor entertains, but outstays its welcome halfway through, while some of the incidents that occur in The Bull Head are appropriately distasteful and will doubtlessly conjure up the right kind of heated reactions from the audience, one in particular concerning Lauren. At one point, Alistair drunkenly declares how much he hates poor people. The simplicity and shallowness of this line perfectly sums up the whole point of the film. Ethical jabs at one of the most prominent first world countries in the world, and the foundations that helped spawn an entire empire, are exposed, at times in entertaining fashion, but rarely saying anything new. Some scenes are so blatantly direct; they almost had us on our feet shouting, “OK! We get it! Can you move on now?” But it never does.
The Riot Club, review: ‘hilarious but lacking political bite’
Whereas on stage the landlord’s daughter (Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay, down-poshed) was the one eventually propositioned for a ludicrous amount of money, Wade here brings in another fresher, the “bootstrappy regional” sympathetically played by Holliday Grainger, to suffer this indignity. Her arrival comes as a shock to Miles, her nominal new boyfriend, whose phone has been wickedly hijacked to send a fake SOS text and beckon her along.