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Starter for 10 (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  9 March 2007 (USA)
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Set in 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University.

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Storyline

In 1985, against the backdrop of Thatcherism, Brian Jackson enrolls in the University of Bristol, a scholarship boy from seaside Essex with a love of knowledge for its own sake and a childhood spent watching "University Challenge," a college quiz show. At Bristol he tries out for the Challenge team and falls under the spell of Alice, a lovely blond with an extensive sexual past. He's smitten, and he carelessly manages to hurt the feelings of Rebecca Epstein, a friend whose politics and wit he admires. The Challenge finale is coming up; maybe Brian can redeem himself and still avoid being a prat. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£207,345 (UK) (10 November 2006)

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$210,128 (USA) (23 March 2007)
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Despite the fact she plays Brian Jackson's mother, Julie Jackson, Catherine Tate is only 11 years older than James McAvoy. See more »

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The film is set in late 1985 and early 1986. The students drive to the University Challenge recording in Manchester in a Citroen 2CV car with a tax disc that expires 12/1985. However, the car itself has a "D" registration suffix, which dates the car to 1 August 1986 at the earliest. See more »

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Brian Jackson: Got an announcement to make. I'm gonna be on University Challenge.
Julie Jackson: What a relief. I thought you were gonna say you were gay.
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Love My Way
Performed by The Psychedelic Furs (as Psychedelic Furs)
Written by John Ashton, Richard Butler, Tim Butler (as Timothy Butler),
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Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
Courtesy of Columbia Records / Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK)
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Genuinely fun comedy, with a heart of gold....!
21 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really really enjoyed this film. No, it wasn't an in-depth "gritty" drama, probing the dark side of the mundane, nor did it hold any strong political or social message. But this is a sweet, touching and, most of all, funny film.

Starter for Ten relies heavily on the charm and comedy of the characters in the film to carry it over a fairly weak plot, but seeing as the outcome is such a cheerful and good natured film, i have no complaints! My own favourite character was Patrick, the oh-so serious leader of the team, but all of the cast were strong and the characters all likable in their own ways.

S.for.Ten left me with a big smile on my face- a silly, feel good British comedy which doesn't take itself too seriously. Enjoy!


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