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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 February 2015
When it was announced that there was to be a modern reboot of St. Trinian’s, it was met with luke warm murmurings to say the least. Yet when it comes down to it, the old films from the 50s and 60s were hardly comedy gold anyway. Safe family fare and sometimes fun into the bargain, and with strong casts, they have never been seen as essential British comedies and untouchable by the modern era’s obsession with remakes and reimaging.

St. Trinian’s 2007 style is not an improvement on the oldies, but neither is it the stinker some critics in 2007 wanted us to believe. It has enough about it to be its own animal, it’s funny, sexy and never dull. This also benefits from strong comic casting, where the likes of Rupert Everett (having the time of his life in drag), Colin Firth and Russell Brand are pitched into the femme madness headed by Gemma Arterton and Tallulah Riley. The writers err on the side of caution as far as risqué material goes, but there’s some very strong gags played out and the grouping of the girls into the various cliques (Emos, Chavs etc) is a nifty bit of writing that is mined to good effect.

It was good enough and successful enough to warrant a sequel 2 years later… 6.5/10
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2008
This was a great film, lighthearted, sexy and funny and silly in all the right ways. Full of fun antics it also shows that girls can rebel and have adventures as well as guys.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2008
The 2007 version of St Trinians is a hilarious update on the original films featuring a wonderful cast who obviously had a great time making the film. The plot repeats many of the ideas from the originals. The worst school in the country is under threat from a conservative minister. The school is in financial jeopardy, not helped by its headmistress. It is up to the plucky girls to save the day by attempting to rob the National Gallery.
The film is bright, colourful and energetic. Contemporary girl bands have been recruited to perform to soundtrack whilst performer of the calibre of Stephen Fry, Colin Firth and Russell Brand make the film fun to watch. In particular, Firth delights in a series of cheeky references to some of his past performances. Rupert Everett steals the show with his dual role and captures the spirit of the originals perfectly.
It is a film which is consistently entertaining and energetic performed with verve and great humour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2010
I think st trinians is the perfect DVD for a girly night in and also a family movie night, it's funny, it's not rude, its suitable for everyone and it's a MUST BUY 5 stars!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2009
Sitting here recovering from an operation, feeling sorry for myself. Decide to watch St T against my better instincts and find myself laughing out loud!!!! First when Camilla (Rupert Everett) and Geoffrey (Colin Firth)gaze into each other's eyes with love, and utter............another time, another country. Well, you have to know the 1984 film to get the joke. Then Firth in a wet shirt, the plan to steal 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' and other jokes targeted at our Col. Plus Russell Brand and the girls who are not the old empty-headed sexpots of the original, but sassy, determined ladies.Wicked ladies, of course.
Good stuff!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2008
What a riot this is! I was hesitant at first, largely because I tend to get my knickers in a knot over modern teenagers (chavs? emos? huh?) but I want to be one NOW! I always wanted to go to boarding school (too much Enid Blyton as a child) but who needs Malory Towers? It's got a great soundtrack, the girls look fantastic, there's a strong message of solidarity and Rupert Everett always makes me laugh. This will become one of my must-sees on horrid winter evenings or when I'm in need of a boost. If only we'd sung a school song along those lines - we'd certainly have sung a lot louder! Watch this. It's great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2008
Wasn't quite sure what to expect from the remake. Some of the casting is a bit off. Some of the actresses are obviously too old to play schoolgirls like Taylor is better known for playing a 20-something in "2 pints of lager" and Russell Brand is not good enough to play Flash Harry. The plot itself is a bit predictable and silly, but then again so were the original films. Not sure how well the film will translate to an oversea market as there a lot of "British" jokes reference, eg Colin Firth/Mr Darcy. On the plus side, the sound track is used well and in the end it's a good laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 6 July 2008
Much better than I had expected and I was looking for something really special to follow on after the famous black and white originals, not to mention the absolutely awful "Wildcats of St. Trinians".
Rupert Everett was wonderful as the dedicated, horsey, Miss Camilla Fritton and as her dubious brother.
Russell Brand was great in a disappointingly small role as Flash Harry.
Colin Firth and numerous famous faces provided the zany supporting cast. A bevy of very lovely girls, and a reasonable plot, all added up to a surprising fun film.
I think I will watch it again - often!
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on 27 October 2008
When I first heard that a new version of St. Trinians was in production, I thought "Why bother?" Yes, the original trilogy of 1950s films, based on Ronald Searle's anarchic and sometimes macabre cartoons (possibly Britain's answer to the Adams Family cartoons in America) are classics, still enjoyable to this day. The 1965 attempt to restart the series in colour (The Great St Trinians Train Robbery) was amusing, but a shadow of the former films. The 1980 attempt at revival, The Wildcats of St. Trinians, fell flat both creatively and in terms of box office. One was left with the impression that while the idea of a school where pupil anarchy rules the day was a wild, comic conceit in the 1950s, by 1980 it was becoming all too horribly real.

So what a surprise this bawdy, laugh-out-loud comedy turns out to be. More a re imagining than remake, it successfully updates the concept by making it less "jolly hockey sticks" and more girls with attitude. This does not in any way compromise the spirit of the original, which is recalled very early on in this film when prospective new pupil Annabelle (Tallulah Riley) looks out of a window to see a another pupil tied to the end of a rope and being dragged along the ground by a tractor. But the anarchic element is now located in the context of "Girl Power." These Trinians kids are empowered young women complete with make overs, style gurus and ambitions to make it onto TV`s Love Island.

The modern school is a hierarchy of today's tribes of girl youth culture. Posh totty, chavs, brainy geeks and emo kids. Slang is updated to the language of today and there are also references to current films and shows such as Ugly Betty, plus a special appearance by Girls Aloud performing a brand new Trinians school song.

Rupert Everett follows in the Alistair Sim tradition of doubling up in the roles of a dragged up headmistress, Miss Fritton, and her dodgy, art dealer brother Carnaby. Camilla Fritton is a gin swigging, chain smoking, middle aged Debutante, clad in a riot of outlandish costumes from Elizabethan garb to pink jumpsuit, topped off with bunny-like front teeth. This Miss Fritton is inspired more by her namesake the Duchess of Cornwall as Alistair Sim's original creation.

Colin Firth is perfect as the stiff education minister determined to close the troublesome school down, a role supported by in jokes that mercilessly send up Firth`s career. He gets ankle humped by a small dog called D'Arcy (Pride & Prejudice and Bridget Jones), falls into a fountain (Bridget Jones: Edge Of Reason), resulting in a wet white shirt (a la Pride & Prejudice).

The plot is simple. Firth's educational minister wants the school closed as a feather in his political. Career. He is, of course, frustrated in this task by the machinations of teachers and pupils, but the school's mounting debts looks set to do the job for him. Cue Flash Harry, played in updated, Big Daddy form by Russell Brand, who gives the girls a lesson in the how to raise funds through means of heist.

The film is filled with amusing incidentals, including a sub plot where a St Trinians team enter a TV Top of the Form quiz show, ensuring success via short range transmitters and Google. One of the funniest highlights is a recreation of the brutal hockey match from the original film, this time against Cheltenham College for Girls. As the rival team take to the pitch, the Trinians supporters chant "Who let the dogs out."

The Times gave this film four stars and well deservedly so. It inspires grins and guffaws, if not laugh aloud hilarity. It is also a production of the recently revived Ealing Studios and it is refreshing to see the old logo back on the silver screen. Long may it stay.
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on 8 June 2012
While it IS decent enough, this movie doesn't have enough sincerely over-the-top aspects to raise it from "amusing" to "hilarious." Some of the jokes are on the line between "wickedly funny" and "just plain mean," often leaning towards the latter. [Some of the girls make their own vodka. When they are told that one person's death and another's blindness was attributed to it, their reaction was akin to "So what?" It was kind of difficult to "cheer them on" or view them as "sympathetic underdogs" after that.] The characters are either stereotypes or not "evolved" enough to really care about...going down the list: Hot airhead/supremely shallow blonde gal, check; darling-cute but really devious twin tweener-girls (think Wednesday Addams times 2), check; creepy goth girl, check; uptight white guy in position of authority, check; plain-Jane new-girl-in-school that turns into a garter-belted "hot girl," check; slovenly sleazeball (Russell Brand, like he'd play anything else - doesn't he ever wash his hair?), and so on.

The cast is's fun to see Toby Jones, Stephen Fry, and Colin Firth doing slapstick comedy. Gemma Arterton is lovely, but overplays the "hot queen bee" role (she walks as if she were guided by her bosoms - not funny, not sexy).

Film fans can play "spot the references to other movies": THE FLY, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, APOLLO 13, several others. It's worth a rental, basically...ANIMAL HOUSE is similar but way funnier.
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