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St. Trinian's (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Family | 21 December 2007 (UK)
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In order to save their bankrupt school, a group of troublesome girls stage a robbery with a group of geniuses on their tails.

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St Trinians proudly continues to represent the unacceptable face of British education. When the new Minister of Education announces he will personally sort the place out he doesn't realise either the enormity of the task or that the headmistress is an old flame. The school is anyway threatened with closure by their bank; with the staff clearly a waste of space the girls realise the responsibility to save the day falls on them. Perhaps ripping off the girl with the pearl earring (a painting by Johannes Vermeer) might be the way out? Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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School Can Be A Riot.

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug and alcohol content, sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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21 December 2007 (UK)  »

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Kick Ass Girls 1  »

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Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,832,594 (UK) (23 December 2007)
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Camilla Fritton's dog, Mr Darcy, is named after a Jane Austen character from Pride and Prejudice (1995), as played by Colin Firth in the 1990's adaptation. See more »

Goofs

When the teacher gets off the Cheltenham Ladies' College coach and talks with the minister, she says: "Between you and I..." No real CLC teacher would have perpetrated that glaring grammatical mistake. See more »

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Carnaby Fritton: Who are you?
Flash Harry: [sputters for a second] Uh... German!
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In the end credits, there is a credit which reads "MISS EVERETT'S COSTUMES BY..." See more »

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References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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Oh My God
Written by Kaiser Chiefs
Performed by Mark Ronson feat. Lily Allen
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A worthy Re-invention of a classic Comedy series
23 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

St. Trinian's is probably never going to top anyone's list of greatest films of the 21st Century but there's no denying it is funny. It could so easily have been terrible, but it isn't, thanks to a witty and clever script that pays tribute to Ronald Searle's original cartoons as well as to the classic "Belles of St Trinian's" Writers Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft have successfully reinvented St. Trinian's for the 21st century, avoiding the obvious pitfalls – the school could so easily have been turned into a combination brothel and crack den – instead creating a world in which the girls can run wild. A world in which it seems no-one bats an eyelid at ten year old girls playing with explosives, but God forbid they should ever take up smoking.

Rupert Everett is in fine form as the headmistress Camilla Frinton though admittedly he's no Alistair Simm (then again who is?) and Colin Firth is a more than capable straight man, quite happy to take pot shots at his own career. More surprisingly Russell Brand makes a very effective Flash Harry, While distinctly different to the original in both appearance and manner to George Cole, there his something indefinable about his performance, he could almost be the grandson of the original Flash.

However where this film really succeeds is in the girls themselves. Talulah Riley is the heart and sole of the film as Annabelle Fritton, slowly blossoming from shy awkward daddy's girl into red-blooded St Trinian, and Gemma Arterton as head girl Kelly commands the screen in every scene she's in. Between them Riley and Arterton steal the move from under the noses of the more experienced Everett & Firth.

But it's not just them, a combination of astute casting and good writing ensures that all the students come across as characters in their own right from twin terrors Cloe and Holly Mackie through to the 'Posh Totty', brilliantly underplayed by Tamsin Egerton, Amara Karan and Antonia Bernath.

In years to come this film will be remembered not for the sight of Rupert Everett in drag but for giving screen time to so many of the next generation of starlets.


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