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St Trinian's (2007)

School can be a riot

Starring:

Cloe Mackie

Colin FirthColin Firth

Gemma Arterton

Holly Mackie

Jodie Whittaker

Juno Temple

Lily Cole

Mischa BartonMischa Barton

Rupert EverettRupert Everett

Stephen Fry

Talulah Riley

Directed by:

Oliver Parker

Rating: 6/10

Running Time: 97 minutes

US Certificate: PG-13 UK Certificate: 12A

On DVD

Country: United Kingdom

The noughties remake of The Belles of St Trinian’s is quite a surprising movie in that is not as bad as I had thought it would be. It’s not good, it’s just not awful either. Initially a little apprehensive, I was rohypnoled and bundled into the boot of my girlfriend’s car, and awoke to Russell Brand’s handsomely dishevelled face and the appallingly behaved public schoolgirls of St Trinian’s. After this initial shock I was happily treated to a pretty fresh, surprisingly funny movie complemented with lots of nice little nudges to film and pop culture.

It does try a little too hard to be hip with it’s numerous espionage montages and some of the kids are very annoying. Saving the school from closure, cheating in the national school quiz and filling the school with stereotypes has all been done before but it does inject a big dollop of fun into proceedings . The ‘fun’ is certainly not to everyone’s taste, as is the cringing ‘Girl Power’ soundtrack and the screeching posh girls running riot. American audiences may also struggle with the Britishness of it all.

For a film that’s aimed at tweenagers, it’s a little strange to have many of the children blatantly being played by thirty year olds running around in kinky schoolgirl outfits. Not that I was necessarily complaining. Finally, for our Russell Brand-obsessed cousins across the pond, the silver-tongued lothario plays the school’s criminal mastermind with his usual loquacious affability (I can do it too) and comes out of it with his reputation intact.

It's Got: Russell Brand in good form, some decent laughs

It Needs: To be judged for what it is - simple fun

DVD Extras The Official School Diary featurette, Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes and a woeful Girls Aloud "St. Trinian's Chant Music" Video. Finally, a decent Blooper reel. DVD Extras Rating: 6/10

Alternatives:

Carry On Teacher, Mamma Mia!, The Belles of St Trinian's

Summary

For a brainless girl’s night in you can’t really go wrong with this simple comedy outing – unless you’re a man or over thirty, in which case, steer well clear.

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