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...
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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