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Old Boys (2018)

In the school-set re-working of Cyrano, an awkward but imaginative pupil helps the handsome but spectacularly dim school-hero pursue the fiery daughter of a visiting French teacher.


Toby MacDonald
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Credited cast:
Alex Lawther ... Amberson
Jonah Hauer-King ... Winchester
Pauline Etienne ... Agnes
Denis Ménochet ... Babinot
Joshua McGuire ... Huggins
Nicholas Rowe ... Head Man
Eros Vlahos ... Johnson
Robbie Fraser Robbie Fraser ... Vickers
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicholas Agnew ... Jonty
Paul Cawley ... Tuppy
Will Christopherson Will Christopherson ... Schoolboy - Rugby Player
Joshua Frater-Loughlin ... Extra - School Kid
David Gordon-Dixon ... Scheppy
Jason Lines ... Lines
Giles Malcolm ... Audley


At an English all-boys boarding school, the life of nerdy Amberson is turned upside down when the daughter of the new French teacher arrives. As he ends up playing matchmaker to the school's popular sporting hero in dire need of romantic assistance, he realises he's falling for the girl himself. A fresh and vibrant comedy, OLD BOYS is a modern twist on the timeless story of Cyrano de Bergerac.

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teenager | matchmaker | school | See All (3) »




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English | French

Release Date:

22 February 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

De la vieja escuela See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£2,386 (United Kingdom), 22 February 2019, Limited Release
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An entertaining raining but stereotypical look at British school life
31 May 2019 | by narrator56See all my reviews

Old Boys was mostly entertaining for me. The humor in the realistic dialogue, and the charm of the "moving" pictures the lead character supposedly drew were a fun element of the otherwise cliched script. I swear if another movie about a British residential school for boy's presents the image of the dork kid being lowered upside down into a toilet or trash can, I will stop watching it. It is so common in these types of movies that it has become boring. How refreshing it would be to show the "bullies" having brains and doing something completely different like sarcastically treating new or dorky kids as royalty, bowing to them and praising them, which the kids knowing it was fake and wondering where it might lead.

I had a slight problem with the fact that a few of the characters were French, and sometimes they had conversations that weren't translated. I assume that either the version I viewed lacked the translation accidentally, or else those conversations weren't critical to the story. I also wasn't thrilled with the ending, which I won't reveal here. I guess they must have wanted to avoid what seemed to be the two obvious endings and went with a third choice instead.

It is not a movie I will want to watch again, but it was fine for a single viewing.

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