The History Boys

The History Boys

The History Boys

Based on screenwriter Alan Bennett’s own highly-acclaimed play (using the same director and cast also), ‘The History Boys’ is a comedy/drama set in 1983 Yorkshire. It follows eight A students, about to leave college for uni. But before they leave, they must prepare for university entrance exams and thinking them a little rough round the edges their headmaster hires Irwin (Campbell Moore) to ready them.

Irwin clashes with their flamboyant and idealistic English teacher Hector (played by the awesome Griffiths, always to be known by me as Uncle Monty from ‘Withnail & I’). Whilst at first an academic rivalry, it soon becomes clear that feelings run deeper. Dakin (Cooper), the boys' unofficial leader, is the one both teachers play to most fervently and to whom they both nurse a crush on.

2007Rating: M, contains offensive language & sexual references109 minsUK
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Reviews & comments

bewitched, bothered, and bewildered

This has got to be up there as one of my all-time favourites. The characters are portrayed amazingly, and every line is overbrimming with wit. honestly, I have watched this 4 times in 5 days and wanting to watch it again tomorrow!! And even if it WASN"T an incredible film, I'd still watch it just to hear Samuel Barnett's beautiful voice.

5.0

Refreshingly different

As a prudish male of 75, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Not least because it is one which is so 'English' as to be incomprehensible to Americans, and impossible for them to make. If a little stereotyped, and I don't admit it was, never irritatingly so. In fact, the sparkling originality (of treatment, not theme) of the film mirrors that of the teachers'...

4.0

Just one BORING thing after another....

I found this movie a challenge...it was a challenge to continue sitting there and keep watching it! Being a Mothers Day event I felt that it was only courteous to do so...but , oh, what a disappointment this film was. The plot, dialogue and screenplay was swimming laboriously, in its own meaningless, lumpy cerebral stodge. One-dimensional, cardboard...

1.0

Review

Slow, repetitive, boring outside of a couple of scenes. Very dissapointing after all of the good reviews.

1.0

Overrated by other reviewers

This is alright, but it's a bit wooden. Old fashioned. I'd call it quite 'nice'. Overrated by others here, or at least, it's certainly for the older crowd.

2.0

A staged movie with a distinct play feel..

Mildly ammusing, little old hat, predictable.

3.0

History is one f......f event after another.

This is one very funny and enjoyable movie. It traces a story of a class of boys headed for university and the efforts of their teachers to lift their game to a standard acceptable for Cambridge or Oxford. Sounds light and potentially weak, but it is well worth the going to. One warning though, the movie might not be appreciated by the prudish.

4.0

History is bunk..

“History is bunk” – no way! A zany romp through the English Public School system with really clever witty dialogue(and some serious stuff for those who listen carefully) ****+

5.0
Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

press

The screen, like the stage, can barely contain this marvelous play of intelligence...

Variety

Variety

press

Audiences coming cold to this largely faithful adaptation of Alan Bennett's clever but contrived classroom comedy won't be so wowed, given picture's irrevocably stagy feel. Nicholas Hytner's flat-footed direction doesn't help, nor do picture's younger cast members' over-rehearsed performances, although the seasoned thesps shine...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The current of intellectual energy snapping through the ferociously engaging screen adaptation of Alan Bennett’s Tony Award-winning play feels like electrical brain stimulation...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

If you liked the play and the compelling ideas Bennett kicks around, the movie makes for an intellectually invigorating couple of hours...

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The film can't hide its stage origins, and in cutting almost an hour on the journey from stage to screen some resonance is lost. But Bennett's dialogue sparkles and skewers with killer wit. Dig in...

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Equal parts drama, comedy, mystery, satire and spoof, this is a cracker. Do not miss it...

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Part school days nostalgia trip, part gay-themed drama Alan Bennett's The History Boys won endless awards when it hit The National Theatre. Cut'n'pasted to the big screen - same director, same cast - it's kept all its probing, comic smarts...

4.0
Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

press

The screen, like the stage, can barely contain this marvelous play of intelligence...

Variety

Variety

press

Audiences coming cold to this largely faithful adaptation of Alan Bennett's clever but contrived classroom comedy won't be so wowed, given picture's irrevocably stagy feel. Nicholas Hytner's flat-footed direction doesn't help, nor do picture's younger cast members' over-rehearsed performances, although the seasoned thesps shine...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The current of intellectual energy snapping through the ferociously engaging screen adaptation of Alan Bennett’s Tony Award-winning play feels like electrical brain stimulation...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

If you liked the play and the compelling ideas Bennett kicks around, the movie makes for an intellectually invigorating couple of hours...

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The film can't hide its stage origins, and in cutting almost an hour on the journey from stage to screen some resonance is lost. But Bennett's dialogue sparkles and skewers with killer wit. Dig in...

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Equal parts drama, comedy, mystery, satire and spoof, this is a cracker. Do not miss it...

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Part school days nostalgia trip, part gay-themed drama Alan Bennett's The History Boys won endless awards when it hit The National Theatre. Cut'n'pasted to the big screen - same director, same cast - it's kept all its probing, comic smarts...

4.0

bewitched, bothered, and bewildered

This has got to be up there as one of my all-time favourites. The characters are portrayed amazingly, and every line is overbrimming with wit. honestly, I have watched this 4 times in 5 days and wanting to watch it again tomorrow!! And even if it WASN"T an incredible film, I'd still watch it just to hear Samuel Barnett's beautiful voice.

5.0

Refreshingly different

As a prudish male of 75, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Not least because it is one which is so 'English' as to be incomprehensible to Americans, and impossible for them to make. If a little stereotyped, and I don't admit it was, never irritatingly so. In fact, the sparkling originality (of treatment, not theme) of the film mirrors that of the teachers'...

4.0

Just one BORING thing after another....

I found this movie a challenge...it was a challenge to continue sitting there and keep watching it! Being a Mothers Day event I felt that it was only courteous to do so...but , oh, what a disappointment this film was. The plot, dialogue and screenplay was swimming laboriously, in its own meaningless, lumpy cerebral stodge. One-dimensional, cardboard...

1.0

Review

Slow, repetitive, boring outside of a couple of scenes. Very dissapointing after all of the good reviews.

1.0

Overrated by other reviewers

This is alright, but it's a bit wooden. Old fashioned. I'd call it quite 'nice'. Overrated by others here, or at least, it's certainly for the older crowd.

2.0

A staged movie with a distinct play feel..

Mildly ammusing, little old hat, predictable.

3.0

History is one f......f event after another.

This is one very funny and enjoyable movie. It traces a story of a class of boys headed for university and the efforts of their teachers to lift their game to a standard acceptable for Cambridge or Oxford. Sounds light and potentially weak, but it is well worth the going to. One warning though, the movie might not be appreciated by the prudish.

4.0

History is bunk..

“History is bunk” – no way! A zany romp through the English Public School system with really clever witty dialogue(and some serious stuff for those who listen carefully) ****+

5.0