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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).…
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…
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.
nice soundtrack. Benedict Cumberbatch gets hit in the face. Twice. 10/10
Follows the same path any dramedy film / romcom tends too but it has a ton of charm thanks to its production design, score and amazingly cast! Seriously, the cast is a brilliant! Such a mix of talent.
80s working-class brainiac leaves his seaside town, his unprosperous mates (a pudgy James Corden and too cool for school Dominic Cooper) and widowed mother (Tate) to pursue his education in Bristol University. He searches for friends, women and extracurricular educational satisfaction by joining the University Challenge team headed up by the pompous Benedict Cumberbatch and ends up falling for the girl you mother-would-have-warned-you-about who blinds him from the more genuine affections of radical campaigner Rebecca.
A promising start with a mediocre ending but delight lies in the retrospective visit to the cast's earlier jaunts.
With a now-"all-star cast", 'Starter For 10' is an obscured gem in the glittering back catalogue of British comedy, that flourishes heartily in its generally well-received and wholly typical 'Englishness'.
A-plot-with-jumps? Yes. Shallow-at-points? Yes. Predictable-on-its-entire? Yes.
Did-I-enjoy-it-a-lot? Fuck yes! *and I didn't even had the volume loud*
Favorite movie of all-time.
An undiscovered gem of a movie all set out around University Challenge. This film is so quirky, low budget but perfect and starring a young James MacAvoy that I knew I had to watch it and was vastly impressed. Not many have stumbled onto this film as I have but please do. It's a delight.
I saw this when it was first released and knew James McAvoy was someone to watch. He elevates this quaint, predictable yet enjoyable film with his magnetic energy.
The film is as formulaic as they come; you can easily figure everything out a few steps in advance. But it has great acting and is consistently funny.
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