[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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…
James McAvoy leads a likeable cast who breath life into their characters. Tom Vaughan's film may be rooted in predictability, even enslaved to it at times, but manages to exude enough charm to make it worth a watch.
Plus, Cumberbatch gets a deserved punch to the face.
John Hughes esque style.
I feel like this movie failed in the same way that the main character Brian did, screwing up just where it counts. I feel like the humor, romance and friendships just never developed enough before they were concluded, or moved on from. Normally I like a 90 minute movie because they often are tighter and less wasteful but this just felt like really interesting character development scenes had been cut. Slightly disappointed in the end.
Viewed: Digital. SVoD. Netflix. HD. 1080P.
Starter for ten is a romantic comedy set in the mid-eighties about a working class kid (James McAvoy) as he navigates through his turbulent first year at University. On his way to achieving his long-held ambition to appear on University Challenge, he falls in love with a beautiful team-mate and forms a plan to win her heart through his advanced general knowledge skills. Starter for ten is a charming student - coming of age comedy about loyalty, class, falling in love and the difference between knowledge and wisdom. This HBO film is based on David Nicholls best-selling novel and directed by newcomer Tom Vaughan. In addition: it's a small film with a couple of laughs. Very nice for a lazy Sunday.
The confusion for life decisions in the chaos called youth. This is a movie to liven up your afternoon period.
'You can take the boy out of Essex but you can't take Essex out of the boy.'
Much like Nick Hornby adaptations, the similarly styled works of David Nicholls tend to tread a likewise path, certainly that's the case with Starter for 10, which blends the idealism of Thatcher's Britain with the middle class elitism of knowledge, epitomised by the frighteningly posh University Challenge, while at the centre runs one young man's journey of youthful discovery in life and love. It might all sound a bit twee and cheesy but Tom Vaughan's film avoids such pitfalls by being, on the whole, enormously charming in how it presents quite a simple, if familiar tale with a backdrop of thematic, now indeed period 1980's resonance. What helps is the cast which, by today's standards, is a quite phenomenal assemblage…
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