Miles is friendly and level-headed, cordially offering to switch rooms when Alistair's assigned room does not meet with his parents' approval, and beginning a relationship with Lauren Holliday Grainger , who has a lower-class background. Alistair is an insecure, arrogant and cold-hearted snob. They are partnered in one of their classes, where Alistair is blatant in his contempt for Miles. The Riot Club, a long-established exclusive drinking club priding itself on hedonism and the belief that money can buy anything, is on the hunt for new members to maintain its roster of ten men.
Alistair is invited by Harry, whom he has met during the start of their term. Miles, who was out drinking in the pub, is invited by Hugo, another Riot Club member. Hugo is out, and he and Miles exchange charged looks throughout the film. After undergoing an unpleasant initiation, both Miles and Alastair become members of the Riot Club.
Having been barred from most establishments in Oxford , the club have their annual dinner at the function room in a country pub. Alistair and Miles are both surprised to see each other there, Alistair showing open disdain. The Club begin their dinner, and though the landlord is initially excited to have a wealthy, aristocratic party dining at his establishment, their raucous behaviour annoys the pub's other patrons, some of whom leave.
Chris, the landlord, is put off by their behaviour and tells them that they are disrupting his business; the boys settle with an arrangement with him paying for his losses to let them continue to stay, which he reluctantly accepts. After the escort Harry hired refused to perform group oral sex, Alistair takes Miles' phone and texts Lauren without Miles knowing. Lauren then shows up to the pub to the surprise of Miles, whom the boys promptly propositioned to do what the escort would not do.
Hurt that Miles did nothing while they insulted her, Lauren then attempts to leave the pub, but is assaulted by one of the members. Miles struggles to rescue her as the other members hold him back. Hugo intervenes and orders the boys to let her leave, which she does. Miles, drunk and seemingly depressed after what happened to Lauren, stays quiet for the rest of the night, while Alistair works up the rest with his political ideals of the rich and the poor.
Getting progressively more drunk and ingesting drugs , they start to wreck the room. When Chris comes to confront them, Alistair insults Chris by giving him money which he does not accept, telling them they are no better than a bunch of kids breaking shop windows and that they are just spoiled brats.
Alistair punches him followed by the others who viciously attack him until he becomes unconscious. While the members become frantic realizing what they just have done, Miles calls for an ambulance. The boys are all arrested but believing that the club is more important than the individual, they agree not to give statements. The club meet after the incident and agree that Miles, as the newest club member, should take the blame for the attack on Chris.
Miles tries to apologise to Lauren, who tells him to never talk to her again. Later, Chris's skin is then found underneath Alistair's fingernails, meaning they can arrest and charge him. Alistair is expelled from Oxford since he was the only one arrested for the incident, whilst the rest were allowed to continue their studies without any criminal charges. After a talk with the dean, Miles is approached by the new president of the Riot Club Guy Bellingfield to re-join next year, but after nearly having to leave university because of the scandal, he decides to leave the club, a decision which the new president mocks.
Alistair is invited to a meeting with Jeremy in London , who asks for the Riot Club to be kept out of future court appearances, and assures Alistair that in spite of being kicked out of Oxford, the boy is still a Riot member. Though Alistair is at first aggressively dismissive of Jeremy's proposed assistance, Alistair is brought around when Jeremy offers the boy a position in his office and an assured future. The film concludes with Alistair leaving the meeting with Jeremy, a smug smile on his face as he walks down the street.
Cast[ edit ] Sam Claflin as Alistair Ryle, a first-year history student whose brother, Sebastian, was considered a 'legendary' member of the Riot Club. Alistair is politically right , leading to intense conflict and rivalry with Miles. Alistair attended Harrow School , unlike his brother, who attended Eton College. Miles possesses the 'honourable' title which implies that his father is either an Earl, Viscount, Baron or Life Peer. Miles is politically left and becomes disillusioned and frustrated with the actions of his club mates.
He attended Westminster School. His uncle, Jeremy, was previously a member of the Riot Club. Freddie Fox as James Leighton-Masters, the president of the club; he is criticised by the other members of the club for scaling back the club's activities in an effort to not jeopardize his future. Educated at St Pauls. It is also suggested that Dimitri is nouveau riche.
He appears to have a close friendship with Guy Bellingfield, though it is the very same member who constantly mocks Dimitri and his heritage. Educated at Eton , where he met and became friends with Bellingfield. Sam Reid as Hugo Fraser-Tyrwhitt, an older student whose family, though aristocratic, is not financially well-off. He attended Westminster with Miles and although they did not socialize, Miles remembers Hugo composing limericks in Latin, something which is implied got him bullied.
Hugo is homosexual , and has a romantic interest in Miles. Matthew Beard as Guy Bellingfield, an older student who makes no secret of his desire to succeed James as president of the club. He is close friends with Dimitri, though he often makes jokes about his Greek heritage. He presents himself as very enthusiastic with little to no regard for any serious matters. In the play, he is Guy's godfather. Jack Farthing as George Balfour, a 'country gentleman' from an old aristocratic landowning family.
Similar to his counterpart Hugo, it is implied that his family might not be financially well-off. George displays enthusiastic interest and knowledge in farming, hunting, pheasants and llamas. Balfour seems more egalitarian than some of his fellow club mates, perhaps due to his Catholic background, and spends time with his family's tenant farmers , though Alistair manipulates Balfour's insecurity about his position with the farmers to convince him to take part.
Unlike most of the other club members, Balfour is a catholic and was educated at The Oratory. Josh O'Connor as Ed Montgomery, an older student who appears to have a very close friendship with Toby.