Set in 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University. 

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. 

Director: Tom Vaughan
Writers: David Nicholls (novel), David Nicholls (screenplay)
Stars: James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Rebecca Hall

IMDb betyg: 6.7
Original title Starter for 10
Production country UK | USA
Language English
Subtitle DanskaNorskaSvenska
Recommended age 15
Runtime 92 min.
Color Color
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
IMDb link tt0477095

 

Won: Audience Award

Nominated: Douglas Hickox Award

Nominated: Empire Award

A beautifully observed coming-of-age story.

Nathan Rabin, The A.V. Club

A surprisingly agile and delightfully warm romantic comedy.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

There’s a tidiness and affection to this British homage to John Hughes movies.

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

McAvoy succeeds in making the boy’s mania for trivia endearing rather than annoying. As his (delayed) love interest, Rebecca Hall, playing a campus radical and the first Jewish person he has ever encountered, is stunning.

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Jolly good show.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone