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The History Boys

A movie directed by Nicholas Hytner

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Very enjoyable

  • May 6, 2007
A lot of the reviewers have dedicated much time and space to the plot of this clever and refreshing film so I won't add to that. What I will say is that it is delightful, funny, irreverent and a homage to the sorts of unconventional teaching that I guess really doesn't have a place in this world any more.

The young boys in the heart of the film are all fine actors, and the script is sharp and witty. I believe that it is a faithful adaptation of the fine play, and it translates rather well on the big (and in turn small screen). The directors have cleverly incorporated elements of the film into the screenplay, as well as enough glimpses of Oxford to know why it is considered so desireable.

I guess its not a film for everyone - the references to homosexuality for example are sure to offend some. I thought it wonderful and recommend it highly.

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review by . August 20, 2007
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Pros: Acting, acting, acting      Cons: Hard to get to know the less defined characters      The Bottom Line: The History Boys is an ensemble piece about a relationship between bright students and an eccentric teacher. This is NOT Dead Poets.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.      The immediate reaction that I think most Americans would have if they watch The History …
review by . June 28, 2007
I thought this movie was okay and could have been better even with its funny and touching scenes (brief encounter!). Set in Yorkshire, England in 1983, and centers around a handful of boys in their final year of high school. The boys represent a rather interesting and eclectic mix: there's one who's gay, another who loves sports more than school, and another who is the valedictorian but who acts more like the class bully. Nevertheless, they're all brilliant students who are particularly apt scholars …
review by . April 21, 2007
'The History Boys' is both a story and a study. Grasping the lives of eight prep school boys, we discover what makes a successful Oxford or Cambridge applicant and are able to ponder why education is important in anyone's life. The boy aspirants couldn't be more different. When they put their heads together, they're stunning. All seem so affable to one another and chime in like solo parts to a Greek chorus.     The real debate comes over education. Enter test expert Mr. Irwin …
review by . April 21, 2007
Anyone who can watch the rolling credits at the end of THE HISTORY BOYS without tearful eyes simply hasn't been paying attention to this intelligent, richly comic, philosophical and tender tale of eight boys ostensibly preparing for exams but also preparing for life. The writing by Alan Bennett closely adapted from his prize winning play that was on the boards of theaters around the globe before being captured for posterity on film is 'rich and strange' and so full of those values of achieving a …
review by . March 29, 2007
"The History Boys"    Brilliance    Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride    "The History Boys" is a stellar film and is a delight to watch. It is also one of the few mainstream films that manages to pull off a gay theme and survive--not only does it survive, it reaches new heights. Allen Bennett has crafted the most literate of scripts and the cast that binds the story together give incredible performances with Stephen Campbell Moore and Samuel …
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The play's the thing in The History Boys. Unlike most stage-to-screen transitions, Nicholas Hytner assembled the entire original cast for the celluloid version of Alan Bennett's award-winning work. (The two previously joined forces for The Madness of King George.) As in Hytner's National Theatre production, a group of Sheffield sixth-form boys, Timms (James Corden), Lockwood (Andrew Knott), Rudge (Russell Tovey), Scripps (Jamie Parker), Crowther (Samuel Anderson), Akhtar (Sacha Dhawan), Posner (Samuel Barnett), and Dakin (Dominic Cooper)--the latter two standouts--spend an extra term in 1983 preparing for their Oxbridge exams. Hector (Richard Griffiths) and Dorothy Lintott (Frances de la Tour) are their regular instructors (both performances garnered Tony Awards), while Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore, Bright Young Things) is the enigmatic new history teacher. The Headmaster (Clive Merrison) brings him on board to lend the precocious lads "polish." Irwin, however, is more interested in encouraging them to think creatively--not merely to recite facts. The boys just want to get into Oxford and Cambridge. If that means withstanding the occasional grope from Hector and harsh word from Irwin, so be it. In the end, which boy gets in where isn't insignificant, but Bennett's greater concern is what they learn along the way. If Hytner isn't always successful in reconciling the intellectual with the more earthbound, The History Boys is one of the ...
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Director: Nicholas Hytner
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 21, 2006
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Alan Bennett
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
Runtime: 1hr 49min
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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