Stanley is a student who turns down his friend Gordon's invitation to cut class, saying that maybe today they'll learn something, maybe today the school will teach something. Sure enough, ... See full summary »

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Stanley is a student who turns down his friend Gordon's invitation to cut class, saying that maybe today they'll learn something, maybe today the school will teach something. Sure enough, once Stanley's teacher gets the attention of the unruly class, she tells them that this lesson is the most important one they'll ever study - the meaning of life. She passes out a pamphlet, but runs out as she gets to Stanley, telling him that his surly seat mate, Garth, will have to share the booklet with him. She leaves, and Garth hordes the material. What's Stanley to do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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27 November 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I really wish I hadn't read that this film won the award for Best British Film at the British Independent Film Awards in 2004. Because I knew this before the film began, I really expected a lot--perhaps more than the film could even deliver. I expected brilliance. However, despite competent direction and a decent film, it fell far short of my expectations. Part of this is because the payoff just didn't seem to be there. Part of it was because I really DON'T think the answer the teacher gave is true at all. Had she said "life is learning that jaded jerks in the educational system claim to care about kids but down deep could care less", then I might have enjoyed it more. As a school teacher who really does like his job, I just don't think what the teacher said was all that profound, though the film does provide interesting fodder for discussion---how schools often fail kids who really are eager to learn.

A fair film but not one that changed my life. I think Bob the Moo hit this one right on the head.


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