[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…
This film starts of wonderfully, the introductory monologue about the quest for knowledge and the subtleties of the father son relationship, yet after the first half hour it becomes dangerously boring.
It quickly looses all heart and becomes a standard flag bearer for the British rom com, two girls one man.
Who will the MAN choose, it's surprising how this film lost its spark, the start of the film is great, the rest simply grates on you.
Starter for 10 is a cliche coming of age story starring James McAvoy as Brian Jackson, a university teen obsessed with the TV trivia show "University Challenge." After being accepted into Bristol University as a witty, strange new student, Brian soon forgets about his obsession with the quiz show in favour of - SURPRISE - a girl!
Whilst the premise is forgettable, the fantastic cast and comic approach to the subject matter make Starter for 10 an enjoyable watch. Brian enrols in the Bristol University team for "University Challenge," along co-star Benedict Cumberbatch who plays the serious, uptight Patwick Watts. The all-star cast also includes Rebecca Hall and Catherine Tate.
I do, however, have a problem with the treatment of the female characters in this film. In particular, they are not particularly likeable. But that is a conversation for another day.
A bit predictable at times, but a decent cast and a not too shabby 80s soundtrack.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hoping for more actual University Challenge action after watching this year's final on TV last night..
James was so cute in this, how come I've never seen it before
A top notch British cast.
You look at the cast list here and you see how so many of them have gone on to be both well known in the UK as well as America with the three biggest being James Mcavoy, Rebecca Hall and Benedict Cumberbatch. Catherine Tate is also in this and I do wish she had a bit more to do though.
James Mcavoy, Alice Eve and Rebecca Hall all playoff one another fantastically. The movie is not too long to make it drag and not too short to make it feel rused. The 92 minute run time was the right choice for this movie. There are some parts of the end that could have wrapped up better but "Starter for 10" is a great, unseen, feel good comedy.
This coming of age story was loads of fun to watch. Set to an 80’s soundtrack and filled with missteps that make you cringe as well as many heartwarming moments, it’s a really great story with a terrific lead performance by James McAvoy. When I first watched this movie, the majority of the cast were relative newcomers and watching it again now it was interesting to see how many of them have gone on to bigger things. All of the performances were great, and the movie is definitely an highly entertaining but underrated gem.
I really enjoy this film. Absolutely love James McAvoy.
Funny movie, worth a watch, for sure.
I've seen this film so many times but I still love it. james mcavoy was so small and cute and the soundtrack is 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻
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