Much of the love story and the comedy is formulaic, offering only a romanticised version of the embarrassments and horror of going to college for the first time. But McAvoy carries the picture confidently enough as a leading man, and there is a nice performance from Benedict Cumberbatch as Patrick, the uptight team leader. Mark Gatiss gives an eerily precise, pitch-perfect impersonation of Bamber Gascoigne.
James McAvoy currently has the peculiar distinction of delivering a largely unheralded lead performance in a film (Last King Of Scotland) that’s considered a lock to win Forest Whitaker an Academy Award for Best Actor. Though it’s unlikely to win Oscars, the charming, Tom Hanks-produced British sleeper Starter For 10 proves a much better vehicle for McAvoy, who exudes the effortless likeability of a young John Cusack as a dreamy overachiever who rises from working-class roots to attend Bristol University.
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Set in the mid-Eighties,STARTER FOR 10 is a comedy about a working-class boy stumbling romantically and academically through his first year of University. On the way to achieving his lifelong ambition to appear on TV quiz show University Challenge, he falls in love with his beautiful teammate and forms a plan to win her heart through his advanced general knowledge skills.
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Starter For 10 brilliantly illustrates the most frightening part of college. No, not hazing or finals. The scariest part of going away to school is being forced to confront who you really are and who you aren’t. It’s a period where everything you thought you knew gets challenged and you have to determine for yourself what sort of person you want to be. Brian faces trials from all directions and in the end has to take responsibility for his failings and figure out how to recoup from the damage he’s inflicted.
2006, PG-13, 96 min. Directed by Tom Vaughan. Starring James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Tate, Dominic Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lindsay Duncan, Charles Dance, Elaine Tan, John Henshaw.
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STARTER FOR 10: Lessons from a Forgotten Rom-Com
The ten-year anniversary of the 2006 British movie STARTER FOR 10 passed quietly, which is a shame because more movies today could learn from its portrayal of a life-plus-romance. It’s romantic, and it’s funny, and it’s better than your taffy-candy run-of-the-mill “rom-com” (movies about a person who finally ends up with “the one” after facing cliche obstacles like disapproving parents or terrible timing). No—STARTER FOR 10 is about learning from your mistakes, building good relationships, and finding yourself, not finding love.
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