Starter For 10

Starter For 10

Starter For 10

In 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (James McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University. Brian's biggest concern is making the team for the long-running British television quiz show University Challenge. He also finds himself romantically torn between two very different girls: blonde bombshell and team mate Alice (Alice Eve) and the politically-concious Rebecca (Rebecca Hall).

With a backdrop of anti-Apartheid rallies, filthy dorm rooms, and marijuana smoke, not to mention Margaret Thatcher's economically depressed Blighty, the film also features a killer new-wave soundtrack: The Cure, Wham!, Bananarama, Yaz, The Smiths, New Order, Tears For Fears, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Buzzcocks and The Psychedelic Furs.

2007Rating: M, contains violence & sexual references96 minsUK, USA
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A reminder of life of the young in the 80's

A moderatley funny story, with some good acting and nostalgia. Not bad for a todays parent seeing an off-spring heading off to Uni, to get a glimpse/reminder of what life will be like for that young one. Or nearly.

3.0

Perfect if you were at at UK Uni in the 80s (Brits between 35yrs-45yrs)

Fantastic soundtrack. Fun and sweet storyline. If you were there you'll have flashbacks to all the crap parties, dingy flats, and stereotypical groups of greenies, bohos, goths, young conservatives etc. Captures the greyness of appalling UK winter weather and stereotypes perfectly.

4.0

Light-hearted, whimsical comedy with a superb 1980's soundtrack.

4.0

Review

Great production design recreates the 1980s perfectly. Sadly, the story is rather lame and predicatable and with few jokes and no stand-out physical comedy except for a punch-up or two, it's difficult to raise a guffaw even if the whole thing is hard to dislike.

2.0

Great Entertainment

A really good movie. Well worth the ticket. So funny and well written. Don't let this one get by you.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Showcasing the considerable talents of ubiquitous thesp James McAvoy ("The Last King of Scotland," "Penelope") and several other up-and-coming Brit actors, picture garnishes fairly standard college-set plot with wit, warmth and unexpected turns...

Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

There's a boy like Brian Jackson lurking in the trailer of every girl's green youth. He's the quiet, nerdishly good-looking fellow at uni parties who passes up the beer bongs for discussions on Jung and mortality... This self-deprecating movie has a somewhat vapid plot, but contains a surprisingly sweet cream-bun centre...

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

If the journey is familiar, at least the company is good...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Set to join the pantheon of beloved Brit-coms like Four Weddings and Bridget Jones’s Diary — if there’s any justice — this is a true winner, and the smartest comedy you will see this year...

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

This is a fairly pleasant night out, with a great soundtrack, for those whose memories of tertiary education involve lame parties, experimenting with drugs and drinking and disastrous encounters with the opposite sex. There are far worse ways to spend 93 minutes on a cold winter's night...

3.0
BBC

BBC

press

In the final stretch, Vaughan's recreation of the BBC gameshow is a treat, brimming with laughs and bittersweet whimsy...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Showcasing the considerable talents of ubiquitous thesp James McAvoy ("The Last King of Scotland," "Penelope") and several other up-and-coming Brit actors, picture garnishes fairly standard college-set plot with wit, warmth and unexpected turns...

Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

There's a boy like Brian Jackson lurking in the trailer of every girl's green youth. He's the quiet, nerdishly good-looking fellow at uni parties who passes up the beer bongs for discussions on Jung and mortality... This self-deprecating movie has a somewhat vapid plot, but contains a surprisingly sweet cream-bun centre...

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

If the journey is familiar, at least the company is good...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Set to join the pantheon of beloved Brit-coms like Four Weddings and Bridget Jones’s Diary — if there’s any justice — this is a true winner, and the smartest comedy you will see this year...

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

This is a fairly pleasant night out, with a great soundtrack, for those whose memories of tertiary education involve lame parties, experimenting with drugs and drinking and disastrous encounters with the opposite sex. There are far worse ways to spend 93 minutes on a cold winter's night...

3.0
BBC

BBC

press

In the final stretch, Vaughan's recreation of the BBC gameshow is a treat, brimming with laughs and bittersweet whimsy...

4.0

A reminder of life of the young in the 80's

A moderatley funny story, with some good acting and nostalgia. Not bad for a todays parent seeing an off-spring heading off to Uni, to get a glimpse/reminder of what life will be like for that young one. Or nearly.

3.0

Perfect if you were at at UK Uni in the 80s (Brits between 35yrs-45yrs)

Fantastic soundtrack. Fun and sweet storyline. If you were there you'll have flashbacks to all the crap parties, dingy flats, and stereotypical groups of greenies, bohos, goths, young conservatives etc. Captures the greyness of appalling UK winter weather and stereotypes perfectly.

4.0

Light-hearted, whimsical comedy with a superb 1980's soundtrack.

4.0

Review

Great production design recreates the 1980s perfectly. Sadly, the story is rather lame and predicatable and with few jokes and no stand-out physical comedy except for a punch-up or two, it's difficult to raise a guffaw even if the whole thing is hard to dislike.

2.0

Great Entertainment

A really good movie. Well worth the ticket. So funny and well written. Don't let this one get by you.

4.0