To some extent, the team behind the revival of St. Trinians
were on a bit of a hiding to nothing. The old films, contextualised by a far different age, were knockabout, energetic, yet innocent comedies about the antics of a boisterous girls school and its inhabitants. Surprisingly though, the remake--again inspired by the Ronald Searle cartoons--manages to sidestep the bulk of the obstacles in its path, and proves itself as a likeable, entertaining comedy.
The plot of St. Trinians is as paper-thin as youd expect, and serves merely as a platform for the anarchic actions of the cast of characters (some hokum about stealing a picture and saving the school). And a mischievous lot they prove to be: while they dont quite live up to the memories of the generation of St. Trinians students before them, the primarily young cast still attack their roles with tremendous, and infectious, gusto.
And leading the cast is Rupert Everett, in an entertaining duel role at St. Trinians headmistress Miss Frinton and her brother, Carnaby. Joined by Colin Firth, hes clearly having a whale of a time, and his casting process a wise decision. Its great to see the always-wonderful Celia Imrie in there, too.
St Trinians, as youd expect, has plenty of problems, notably a script that relies too much on the charm of its cast to pull it through. But heck, its still fun, and a hard film not to enjoy. It wont win Oscars, but it will put a grin on your face. --Jon Foster
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Deleted Scenes, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Music Video, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The uniformed but rebellious students of a distinguished all-girls school get an unexpected chance to raise a little hell as directors Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson set out to revive the characters created by comic artist Ronald Searle and made popular in the British film series that began with 1954's The Belles of St. Trinian's. When their beloved school is threatened with closure should the powers that be fail to raise the proper funds, the girls scheme to steal a priceless painting and use the profits to pull St. Trinian's out of the black. Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, and Mischa Barton star in a mischievous comedy penned by Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft. ...St. Trinian's