It's 1985; Thatcher's in power, The Cure are In Between Days and Marty McFly's trying to get Back To The Future. James McAvoy is Brian Jackson, a wide-eyed working class kid whose exhaustive grasp of general knowledge leaves him wanting when it comes to women. On his way to achieving his long held ambition to appear on University Challenge, he falls in love with fellow student and team-mate Alice; has his conscience pricked (as well as other things) by rights activist Rebecca; all whilst trying not to become the student w*** er that his hometown mates think he'll turn into!
Brought back happy memories!
- Starter for 10 review by CP Customer
Enjoyable comedy about a naive working class Essex boy who goes off to Bristol university to study English. As a kid he was obsessed with 'finding answers to questions' and his extensive general knowledge lands him a place on the University Challenge team. I found the soundtrack really enjoyable and the film brought back memories for me, as I was an 80's student. It's not a startling film, but neither is it boring or plotless. One of those to smile along to I think.
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.
Starter for two....
- Starter for 10 review by Pete W
I'm afraid this didn't really grip me as a story. Too many stereotypical 1980s students and James McAvoy can't pass for 18. Mark Gatiss does a good impression of Bamber Gascoigne though.