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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.
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.
ben c w his hair like that acting cute n shit my fav
So, fun fact, I'm heading off for university in about three and a half weeks.
Still doesn't quite feel real yet, but I'm really excited for it. And if anything, Starter for 10 is probably the best film I could've watched.
It's just a really lovely film. It's not particularly deep or well plotted or even very unpredictable, and it's chock full of rom-com and teen movie clichés.
And yet it's just...really nice. Not bland, but like a warm blanket. It's a film that I was consistently engaged with the entire running time, never got bored, smiled when I was supposed to smile, gasped when I was supposed to gasp, and felt exactly how the film wanted me to feel.…
I like it and I don't know why.
Really looking forward to uni now.
It's also now been just over two months since James McAvoy passed me in the street looking very cross and in a hurry. I guess that's what working on the new M Night Shyamalan movie will do to you.
Mainly I like this film because of the cast.
I mean it's like a British Who's who.
I mean Dominic Cooper, Charles Dance - in the nude. Linsday Duncun. Catherine Tate - Who I always wanted to be my mom by the way. Also James MacAvroy
To the soundtrack backed up by The Smith's and Kate Bush.
It's a pretty straight forward plot, tugging at the nostalgic strings of your heart it's heartwarming fun
If James McAvoy and Dominic Cooper had gotten together in this film, it would have been so much better - he makes him a mixtape for crying out loud.
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"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.
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