The History Boys

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20th Century Fox Released 2006

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Director:
Nicholas Hytner
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
The History Boys is a comedy-drama movie based on a play of the same name. The play, written by British playwright Alan Bennett, went on to win multiple awards including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play in 2005 and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2006. Following its success, the movie adaptation was then written by Bennett. The story, set in the 1980s, follows a group of students at Cutlers' Grammar School. Crowther (Samuel Anderson), Timms (James Corden), Posner (Samuel Barnett), Rudge (Russel Tovey), and three other boys achieved the highest A Level exam scores and are trying to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge University. Felix (Clive Morrison), the headmaster of the school, however, is not impressed and enlists a young contract teacher named Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore) to prepare the boys for their entrance exams. The movie covers the many setbacks the boys and their mentor face as they try to get accepted into one of the most prestigious universities in the world.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The current of intellectual energy snapping through the ferociously engaging screen adaptation of Alan Bennett's Tony Award-winning play feels like electrical brain stimulation.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    A lively and entertaining disquisition on the purpose and uses of knowledge in a world that cares less about scholarship than quantifiable results.

  • 60

    Variety

    Audiences coming cold to this largely faithful adaptation of Alan Bennett's clever but contrived classroom comedy won't be so wowed, given picture's irrevocably stagy feel. Nichola...

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    Comedy, Drama

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