The History Boys Movie Review Summary

Actors: Stephen Campbell Moore, Richard Griffiths, Dominic Cooper, Samuel Barnett

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In 1983 eight male students are at a so-so British secondary school, Cutlers Grammar School in Sheffield, York, are being groomed for elite universities. The overbearing headmaster (Clive Merrison) believes the regular teaching staff -- which includes the bumbling general studies teacher Hector (Griffiths) who has them memorize a lot of literature and tries to grope them during rides on his motorbike -- isn't giving them enough of an edge. He hires Irwin, a young, sharp, and cynical instructor who apparently graduated recently from Oxford, to drill them in history and writing.
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Dakin, the class Adonis (Cooper), fools around with Fiona (Georgia Taylor), the headmaster's secretary, but is intrigued by his new teacher Irwin. Posner (Barnett) is a sensitive Jewish boy who is attracted to Dakin. Irwin's mercenary methods and advice are bound to clash with Hector's old-fashioned love of teaching and words, and Hector's edgy toying with his students will get him in trouble with the system.

This wordy, witty 2006 movie is based on the award-winning Alan Bennett play of the same name, and most of the actors who starred in the stage version appear in the film.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   molestation Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   teacher

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   touching of personal anatomy Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   play

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