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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Reese Witherspoon
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Gabriel Byrne
Romola Garai
Roger Lloyd Pack
Rhys Ifans
Bob Hoskins
James Purefoy
Jim Broadbent
Directors
Mira Nair
Screenwriters
Julian Fellowes
Running Time
141 minutes

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Plot
Impoverished, ambitious Becky Sharp (Witherspoon) relies on her wits and good looks to move up through early 19th century society. Her fortunes become entangled with those of her genteel best friend Amelia Sedley (Garai), but when her plot to marry Amelia's brother fails she moves on to a titled family, hoping for better luck...


Verdict
A serious misfire, as the saccharine heroine and dazzling Indian influences sideline the satire in this adaptation of Thackeray's classic.


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