[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).…
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 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.
"Of course what we witness here is a basic misunderstanding of the principle of the head-butt".
2nd viewing. A gem in the rom-com genre because it has characters (particularly James McAvoy's) that you can look at and think 'I know that person'. They're real and awkward and its best moments are really genuine. Plus, it's funny, if often in a painfully awkward way.
Really weird + dumb but also not awful? No idea what vibes this was givin out. Really was awful tho. Not the standard awful tho. Uniquely awful which makes it a tiny bit forgivable maybe? Still really bad tho fo real
I am at a complete loss for how any of these actors got work, let alone became successful in their own right, after this absolute shit.
I wish I could give zero stars, but since I can't, this half a star is for Dominic Cooper in a leather jacket.
A charming little British film a great cast featuring some of the best of British, including James McAvoy, currently one of my favourite actors and again on top form in this, Benedict Cumberbatch before he got super famous but still no less brilliant, the ever wonderful Rebecca Hall, Dominic Cooper in a more restrained role than he's perhaps used to, Mark Gatiss as the University Challenge presenter, and, err, James Corden, as a long-haired Motorhead fan. Not to mention naked Charles Dance!
Granted, much of it is predictable when it comes to the well-trodden romantic comedy formula, but thanks to an original University Challenge setting and a witty script it manages to stand out from the crowd of the usual…
Twee, nostalgic and oh so very British, STARTER FOR 10 is the type of film that would normally raise my hackles to breaking point but, thanks to some surprisingly strong performances, a decent soundtrack and a tolerable love story, it’s actually nowhere near as bad as you might expect.
Based on the novel of the same name by David Nicholls (author of the intolerable “One Day”), STARTER FOR 10 tells the story of Brian Jackson (James McAvoy), a working-class boy from Essex who has managed to get into Bristol University. Surrounded by new people, many of whom are a far cry from his friends at home, Brian decides to apply to be on Bristol’s University Challenge team in order to…
An enjoyable rom com that has the added novelty of being based around the UK quiz show University Challenge, this is funny and sweet throughout. The safe direction from Tom Vaughan benefits from the great script from David Nicholls (adapting his own novel) and a cast that includes James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dominic Cooper, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Tate, and even James Corden, in a very small role.
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.
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