[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.
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).…
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.
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…
Gotta appreciate Cumberbund's solid wind-milling game.
I got way too excited about this film I think, and was left feeling like "that's it?". It was short! And a bit predictable. But it had some beautiful points about friendship and it was definitely funny too.
University Challenge is one of the UK's best-kept secrets, and using the show as a basis for a movie was a brilliant idea. This is a charming, sincere dramedy with strong performances and an original story.
so i watched this again
why is it so charming and lovely and why does it make me laugh so much and how is it so beautifully written why am i both rebecca and brian all at once why is the soundtrack so stunning also james mcavoy why have you always been so attractive why are you such an amazing actor why aren't we hanging out right now we could hang out i love you
Enjoyable watch! Plot and characters are pretty conventional, so not a whole lot new or surprising here, but it's entertaining and fun.
i've been watching a lot of mcavoy movies lately can u tell
this film is funny and charming and exactly what i want my uni experience to be (i spiritually am rebecca)
it's all a bit silly and the gender politics Aren't Great but that bit where he cries about his dad while on a date is heartbreaking
ok first of all this movie was nonstop bop after bop !!! they threw like 5 cure songs in there !!! also i went into it only aware i would be seeing a lil baby james mcavoy but on top of that i got a lil baby dominic cooper!!!, CHARLES DANCE!!!, catherine tate, alice eve,... that benevolent cucumber man. AND i discovered and fell in love with rebecca hall. also there was this one scene where charles dance was naked !!! u couldn't see his dick as it was obscured by a candleholder or salt shaker or something. but still he was naked. .....this is hardly a review is it
James McAvoy was the only reason to take this film home with me and I was happily surprised by it. While looking forward to his next adventures this was a fun little student thing, nothing much to it.
i love this! and have wanted to do a scavenger hunt challenge thingy for some time now. i tried to…