Based on Alan Bennett's play and starring the original stage cast, The History Boys is set in a school in the north of England in the mid 1980s, where the Headmaster is desperately trying to send boys to Oxford and Cambridge. To do this he enlists the help of a supply teacher to coach his brightest pupils into shape for the exam. The boys however are torn by their loyalty to the eccentric, poetry-spouting English master Hector. (Richard Griffiths). As they prepare for exams and admissions, the boys' journey becomes a reflection on how education works and where it leads.
Funny, excellent cast, good British film
- The History Boys review by Rubber Ducky
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You rated this film: 4
A superb cast which showcases what fine acting talent there is in this country, both youthful and, let's say, more mature. Set in the 1980's with an excellent soundtrack, it's about a group of boys who have done really well in their A levels and are being coached to get into Oxford or Cambridge. The coaching is being done by a supply teacher who challenges the boys' thinking (and that of some other teachers). There are very funny moments although some of the comments made by pupils to the teachers are a bit near the knuckle! A few of the characters are a bit stereotyped, but it is nonetheless an enjoyable film.
disappointing and irritating
- The History Boys review by PV
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You rated this film: 2
I can see why people like this movie, despite its staginess. However, probably because I went to a grammar school in the 80s I HATED it - it is SO unrealistic, and all the boys speak like 1950s schoolboys (like Bennet, actually). Perhaps if i were American or had had an education in a comprehensive I'd love it - but I simply cringed at how inaccurate it was! Grammar schools in the 80s were NOT like this!