St. Trinian's

St. Trinian's

St. Trinian's, the infamous school for 'young ladies', is once again facing dire financial crisis. The bank is threatening headmistress Camilla Fritton with closure. Meanwhile, her unorthodox doctrine of expression and self-empowerment is also under threat from new Education Minister Geoffrey Thwaites. He may be an old flame of Camilla’s, but right now he’s determined to bring discipline and order to the anarchic school.

But the St. Trinian's girls are in a league of their own; smart, fearless, and determined to defend the school they love to the end. They need to unite the warring cliques and come up with the cash fast. Sassy head girl Kelly and newcomer Annabelle join forces and gather together a motley crew of teachers, the fiendishly charming Flash Harry and the resourceful and ruthless pupils to pull off the heist of the century. They're planning to steal the famous painting "Girl With A Pearl Earring" from the National Gallery, right under the noses of the authorities…

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This was one of the best school girl movie of all time! Colin Firth,Russel Brand,Girls aloud and Lily Cole just topped it off. Amazingly funny

Keep away from this movie it was terrible this is probably the worst movie that colin firth has been in. The writing was abysmal. I took my thirteen year old daughter and we both said at the end of the movie it was a complete waste of money.The idea of having the headmistress as a transvestite was just stuipid the story line was predictable and silly.This one was lucky to get one star it was charmless and crude no one laughed during the movie.Miss this at all costs.

This was an average chick flick, but was surprisingly good and funny.

It was unpredictable and was so cute!

Great performance from Lily Cole, she was great!

The costumes were good too.

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Honesty time; I love the original movies from the 1950s based on the cartoons that date back earlier, and have a fondness for the English school humour and female uniforms. So it was with mixed emotions that I went to see this one.

I left with laughter and uplifted spirits - Not the slapstick of the partly American DEATH AT A FUNERAL but a blend of subtle sight gags, satire of authority and pomposity, some smutty though never filthy humour and a delicately balanced storyline that brings... More together a mix of charcters with almost nothing to suggest they would work at all . . . In effect, an absolutely perfect update of the old films, even to the opening scenes of walking into the school and seeing the hints that this is no ordinary school.

Rupert Everett plays two roles with genuine aplomb; Both the siblings he plays have larceny in their hearst, with the obvious exception that one has a truly good heart while the other is a criminal - And, like the ambitious politician, the snooty sociopath daughter of same, and various other villians everyone gets their reward or comeuppance in the end. A word for Russel Ward, who had to fill the shoes of George Cole as the girls' semi-criminal contact Flash; He was ideal in this role of part foil to the young ladies, and part exploiter of their undermanaged talents. Celia Imrie played the boozy scottish Matron with her usual background-scenery-that-steals-scenes approach, as did most of the cast - No-one put in a bad performance and it looked just like a 'Huge jolly wheeze' for all concerned. Gemma arterton stood out at the superbly cool and precise head girl and pulled it all together.

The script and all the girls took no prisoners, as is traditional - Jokes at the expense of the cast came thick and fast and the gags that started at one point and concluded later in the film tested the mettle of the younger cast who pulled them off with real skills. Worthy successors to the 'Old Girls'.Hide

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  • BBC

    The schoolgirls of St Trinian's are about as shocking and edgy as a ciggie behind the bike sheds... the original Belles Of St Trinian's (1954) would eat these newbies for breakfast. Full Review

  • This is a monumentally naff film, shaming and depressing in a way that British feature-film comedies have persisted in being, intermittently, all our lives. Cheesy, dated, humourless and crass, it's a nightmare of stunt-casting, and was apparently composed by a committee of suits, PR execs and press agents. Full Review

  • Half a century of cynicism has ripped the heart out of St Trinian’s. Full Review

  • As a remake, St Trinian's relies on Rupert Everett's obvious zest at camping it up in dual roles to Colin Firth's straight man, and it is reasonable, bawdy fun in school tunics as it navigates to somewhat old fashioned English humour. Full Review

  • Mildly amusing result, with plenty of slack in its 100 minutes, should work OK with its target audience of female Brit tweenies, who won't notice the pic's shoddy technical package, sloppy direction and the way the original films' antiestablishment tone has morphed into a celebration of dumbed-down "yoof" culture. Full Review