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Starter for 10 (2006)

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

Director:

Tom Vaughan

Writers:

David Nicholls (novel), David Nicholls (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Friend Joseph Friend ... Young Brian
James Gaddas ... Martin Jackson
Catherine Tate ... Julie Jackson
Mark Gatiss ... Bamber Gascoigne
Robert Cawsey Robert Cawsey ... University Challenge Competitor
Rasmus Hardiker ... University Challenge Competitor
Guy Henry ... Dr. Morrison
James McAvoy ... Brian Jackson
James Corden ... Tone
Dominic Cooper ... Spencer
Simon Woods ... Josh
Sule Rimi ... Marcus
Joe Van Moyland Joe Van Moyland ... Hippy at the Party
Rebecca Hall ... Rebecca Epstein
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Patrick Watts
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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Starter for 10 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,141, 25 February 2007

Gross USA:

$216,839

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,730,047
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rebecca Hall and Alice Eve both play characters that match their own first name. See more »

Goofs

Lucy incorrectly gives the source of the quote "To err is human" as Alexander Pope's "An Essay on Man." The quote actually originates from Pope's earlier work, "An Essay on Criticism." See more »

Quotes

Brian Jackson: Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to be clever. Some people are born clever, same way some people are born beautiful. I'm not one of those people.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits the theme music from the BBC program University Challenge (1962), which the title of the film refers to, is played. See more »

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Love Song
Performed by The Cure
Written by Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson (as Paul Thompson),
Boris Williams, Laurence Tolhurst, Roger O'Donnell
Published by Fiction Songs Ltd. / BMG Songs, Inc. / BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Courtesy of Fiction Records / Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Leaves a smile on your face - plain and simple.
27 March 2007 | by SprngsEternalSee all my reviews

Surveying the wreckage of numerous other such films - burdened at their outset with flimsy premises, one-dimensional characters, stale gimmicks that coast on the fumes of pop cultural trends, and implausible "meet-cute" situations - which could not be sustained even with big-name talent, inestimable budgets, and plague-like advertising campaigns, I was understandably sceptical as to how the "romantic comedy" aspect of this film might play out when I first sat down to watch it. In retrospect, I honestly couldn't have been more pleased. Rare indeed is the occasion when I have walked out of a theatre feeling unambiguously good about what I saw, believing that it was well worth the time and money I spent to watch it.

The story forming the basis of "Starter for 10" is handled with a great deal of humour, sensitivity, and intelligence. At no time did any part of it feel forced or contrived, nor was it condescending. Testament to this film's openness and accessibility, the emotional connection that I formed with the primary character (James MacEvoy - may he have a long and distinguished career ahead of him) was subtly cultivated throughout, reinforced by simple - yet heartachingly truthful - moments of confusion, awkwardness, uncertainty, and disappointment of the kind anyone might experience (and probably has) in similar circumstances. "Starter for 10" masterfully captures the spirit of that time in one's life wherein a person fully enters the world and begins to establish her- or himself as an individual.

So often, and unfortunately, it is the case that I see people on the screen with whom I cannot identify, in situations to which I cannot relate (this is typically due in part to the performers' overblown celebrity status and the general "Hollywood" gloss that is spread thickly over the top of everything). Not so where "Starter for 10" is concerned.

Perhaps it's no coincidence that "Starter for 10" references "The Graduate," since I believe it shall, in time, prove itself a worthy descendant of that film's legacy and subsequently receive the higher profile that it deserves.


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