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After their infamous Headmistress Miss Fritton is arrested, the girls are horrified to discover the new Headmaster is turning the school co-ed. Boys at St Trinian's! Can the girls face down this latest threat to the school?
After wealthy philanthropist Piers Pomfrey has expressed an unusual interest in a ring found by her niece Annabelle Miss Fritton explains that she is descended from a pirate who,in 1598,stole treasure from another pirate,Pomfrey's ancestor. The location of the treasure is to be found when the ring and its double are put together. Felonious ex-pupil Kelly and Miss Fritton's former lover Geoffrey are brought in to help the school steal the second ring from the evil Pomfrey's misogynistic secret society,leading to a showdown at the Globe Theatre and an amazing revelation as to the identity of pirate captain Fritton,as well as that of William Shakespeare. Written by
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During scenes in the school by the stairs there is a white marble bust of a female head. It is a copy of Miss Fritton as played by Alastair Sim in the original black & white St. Trinians films. See more »
The clothes Lord Pomfrey is wearing at the start of the are in the style of the mid to late 17th century. That section is supposed to take place in 1589, therefore the clothes and wig are completely wrong for the time period. See more »
We Got The Beat
Performed by The Banned Of St Trinians
Written by Charlotte Caffey (as Caffey)
Published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Xenomania & Ealing Studios See more »
Doesn't need to be buried but it's certainly no treasure either.
The girls of St. Trinian's return once again to plague both those who enter their school grounds and fans of the original movies who pull their hair out and bemoan the fact that some people will watch these films and remain unaware of those enjoyable black and white comedies.
Things start this time with a swashbuckling moment in which we see Captain Fritton (played by Rupert Everett, of course) stealing the treasure of one Lord Pomfrey (David Tennant). Moving forward 420 years, we end up back at St. Trinians school and quickly find out that Pomfrey's ancestor is out for revenge on Fritton the headmistress. Pomfrey hates women and feels they should get back to where they belong, under the rule of men. He also wants the long-lost treasure but doesn't count on the resourcefulness of the unruly schoolgirls, who get quite excited when they find out that they could be in with a chance of discovering a large stash of cash.
With some minor changes in the hierarchy this time around, Talulah Riley's character is head girl while Colin Firth's character starts off as a depressed drunkard. Jodie Whittaker, who I forgot to mention in my review of the first movie, returns. Tamsin Egerton gets a bit more screen time and is just as enjoyable as she was in the first film and Sarah Harding (from Girls Aloud) gets a substantial supporting role despite the fact that, as much as I like the lass, she's not all that good at the actual acting lark.
The adults who aren't vital to the whole revenge/treasure hunt story strand are largely left on the sidelines so there really isn't that much point in mentioning the minor contribution from Celia Imrie, Toby Jones, etc.
Written and directed by the same people who made the first film, this movie tends to stick very much within the rules of safe sequels. More of the same, overall, with a little bit less entertainment value. There are more slow motion strutting moments and more teen-friendly schemes (including one risible "flash mob" moment) but it's just wearing out it's welcome by now.
Gemma Arterton reappears for some screen time that absolutely fails to excite in the way obviously intended so it's lucky that this movie gives more time over to the strange, wonderful chemistry between Everett and Colin Firth. Both are wonderful and make up for many of the lesser moments.
David Tennant gets to roll his eyes and bunch his fists and snarl in a completely over the top fashion but he's at least a fun, hammy villain even while we know that it's the girls we're supposed to be rooting for all the way.
Retreading the same ground as the previous film did, with less memorable characters, it quickly becomes a little bit stale in places but it's far from a complete travesty and there's still a fair bit of fun to be had with those anarchic schoolgirls.
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