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Starter for 10
In 1985, against the backdrop of Thatcherism, Brian Jackson enrolls in the University of Bristol, a scholarship boy from seaside Essex with a love of knowledge for its own sake and a childhood spent watching "University Challenge," a college quiz show. At Bristol he tries out for the Challenge team and falls under the spell of Alice, a lovely blond with an extensive sexual past.
"You're a socialist, I thought you were all for the redistribution of wealth."
"Yes, by acquiring the means of production, not by just nicking stuff!"
As a lot of other people on here have pointed out, this really is a who's who of current British actors, featuring *deep breath* James McAvoy, Catherine Tate, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Alice Eve, Mark Gatiss, Rebecca Hall, Charles fucking Dance and Benedict Cumberthing. Then all you have to do is add in a fantastic mid-80s soundtrack and a script that manages to be both genuinely funny and emotional, and you've got a coming-of-age movie that, while not being the best ever made, is definitely worth spending your time on.
Also, Benedict gets a long-overdue punch in the face. So there's that as well.
As I read about this before hand I was expecting for something that would exude charm and wit with an 80's soundtrack on top. While it does that quite well, but just ends up being predictable and slightly disappointing by the fact that it went the generic rom-com route of events most of the time. But it doesn't feel as tiresome as those films, instead it's a bit fresh and entertaining.
So thanks to the fun performances from James McAvoy, Catherine Tate, John Henshaw, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Dominic Cooper and 'alot' of Mr Charles Dance. That makes this very much enjoyable.
Gotta love an 80's soundtrack.
A simply yet highly effective coming-of-age dramedy; featuring early work from names such as McAvoy, Cumberbatch, Hall and Eve. It's fairly predictable and formulaic stuff, but there's a ton of charm here and the mix of laughs and pathos is handled smoothly. An easy watch.
This film shouldn't be called "Starter for 10". It should be called "ATTACK OF THE FAMOUS BRITISH PEOPLE" or "The "Hey, it's that guy/gal"-film!". Because holy shit the amount of famous British people here is INSANE. James McAvoy, Rebecca Hall, Benedict Cumberbatch, that red-haired Doctor Who companion, the silly british Men in Black-agent from the 3rd film, MARK GATISS (and he shares a few select scenes with Cumberbatch, which I find HILARIOUS), Craig from "The Lodger"-episode of Doctor Who, Dominic Cooper and CHARLES DANCE FROM GAME OF THRONES! It is incredible.
Apart from that, this film is pretty damn good. McAvoy looks- erm, acts brilliant, gives a brilliant performance, along with Cumberbatch (my hero).…
Even though this is predictable and corny, it's still pretty funny. All of the scenes with Benedict Cumberbatch are hilarious. He is just golden. I kinda like to think this shows what Sherlock Holmes was doing in college before he got hooked on drugs. I mean, Mycroft is in this afterall. Anyway, along with Benny, there are some awesome actors like James McAvoy, Catherine Tate, Dominic Cooper, and Craig from Doctor Who that make this a worthwhile experience despite some obvious faults. Plus there's a great 80's soundtrack.
Though if there was one reason to see this, it's Benny. I'm not kidding. He is golden.
Watching it again for the umpteenth time on BBC2 now.
I have a soft spot for Starter For 10 because I read the book as soon as it came out. When the film was released I was charmed by it, but would argue it was not as good as the book. I still stand by that, though I think the casting is incredible; Rebecca Hall is a bit taller and probably prettier than the novel's Rebecca Epstein but she's utterly delightful and nails it completely. Indeed you could argue James McAvoy is shorter and prettier than the Brian you'd imagine too! Indeed everyone nails their parts perfectly and it really has become something of a who's who of British talent…
A witty and funny script by David Nicholls, with a great comedic performance from James McAvoy. The equivalent of an embarrassingly cute yearbook photo, all set to the music of The Cure, New Order, and The Smiths.
Besides, sometimes it's not about knowing the right answers. It's about asking the right questions
Starter for 10, generally, gets away with being a very low stakes movie, which is a pretty rare thing. That's not what this film is about. It examines the small struggles Although the film takes some missteps by introducing some slightly higher stake drama, all that stuff just feels false. Otherwise, the examination of the issues that people encounter when attempting to socially mobilize are keenly intelligent and really set the heart of this film apart from some of the other romantic dramadeys that share, essentially, the same plot. Part of what makes this film a little more successful than one would think on paper…
I thoroughly enjoyed everytime Blended Cucumber got hit by someone.
That time Charles Xavier and Doctor Strange were on a college quiz team together.
with sarah and sabrina
Started out good, but it got pretty weak, and something happens towards the end that just pissed me off because it was so stupid; I completely exited out after that.
what I expected was one of those coming of age movies we have seen a thousand times and that are trying to be super funny but also kind of deep. you know, parents and girls and school and yawn.
what I got was a highly entertaining film that made me snort unexpectedly quite often, that had characters I really liked (who were also played really well) and that had such a great soundtrack.
Well done, I've really loved this.
An already-forgotten British film, which is only of interest for having the good fortune to cast an ensemble of British actors who've since become Hollywood successes: James McAvoy (pre-X-MEN), Rebecca Hall (pre-VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA), Alice Eve (pre-STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS), Benedict Cumberbatch (pre-SHERLOCK), Dominic Cooper (pre-MAMMA MIA!), and James Corden (pre-U.S chat show success). Throw in established faces like Catherine Tate, Charles Dance, Lindsay Duncan, and Mark Gatiss, and STARTER FOR 10 provides moderate amusement just for the novelty of seeing all those people together.
The film itself? It manages to evoke the 1980s time period incredibly well, and it's not every day you get a rom-com about a geek trying to get onto TV's UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE. The actual storyline's…
Starter for 10 is a formulaic movie, there's no getting around that. It also happens to be an extremely charming movie that had me puzzled as to why no one seems to know about it. I'm very pleased the HEAVILY used disc from the library didn't skip once because I was treated to a real gem. It's not going to make any Best of the 2000s list but it may just squeak in a Most Underrated list.
The story is simple: James McAvoy plays Brian, a brainy college freshman, who joins the quiz team. The second you see Rebecca Hall's moody activist and then, moments later, the crazy hot but slightly manipulative Alice, you know exactly where this story is…
My favourite group of all time (not the current Hook-less version), I was surprised at just how many films their…