Starter For 10

Starter For 10

Starter For 10

In 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (James McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University. Brian's biggest concern is making the team for the long-running British television quiz show University Challenge. He also finds himself romantically torn between two very different girls: blonde bombshell and team mate Alice (Alice Eve) and the politically-concious Rebecca (Rebecca Hall).

With a backdrop of anti-Apartheid rallies, filthy dorm rooms, and marijuana smoke, not to mention Margaret Thatcher's economically depressed Blighty, the film also features a killer new-wave soundtrack: The Cure, Wham!, Bananarama, Yaz, The Smiths, New Order, Tears For Fears, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Buzzcocks and The Psychedelic Furs.

200796 minsUK, USA
Drama

Streaming (1 Providers)

Starter For 10 / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Showcasing the considerable talents of ubiquitous thesp James McAvoy ("The Last King of Scotland," "Penelope") and several other up-and-coming Brit actors, picture garnishes fairly standard college-set plot with wit, warmth and unexpected turns...

Full review
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

There's a boy like Brian Jackson lurking in the trailer of every girl's green youth. He's the quiet, nerdishly good-looking fellow at uni parties who passes up the beer bongs for discussions on Jung and mortality... This self-deprecating movie has a somewhat vapid plot, but contains a surprisingly sweet cream-bun centre...

Full review
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

If the journey is familiar, at least the company is good...

Full review
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Set to join the pantheon of beloved Brit-coms like Four Weddings and Bridget Jones’s Diary — if there’s any justice — this is a true winner, and the smartest comedy you will see this year...

Full review
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

This is a fairly pleasant night out, with a great soundtrack, for those whose memories of tertiary education involve lame parties, experimenting with drugs and drinking and disastrous encounters with the opposite sex. There are far worse ways to spend 93 minutes on a cold winter's night...

Full review
BBC

BBC

In the final stretch, Vaughan's recreation of the BBC gameshow is a treat, brimming with laughs and bittersweet whimsy...

Full review