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A very British film
on 10 January 2009
I haven't seen the original so I can't comment on whether it was better than that. But I am guessing, no. I only watched this because I was a big fan of Russell Brand.
The plot is pretty woeful. They seem to have copied it from the Mr Bean movie, "Bean". They steal a painting in order to save their school which is short of funds.
The dialogue is cliched and stilted. This is what you get when middle-class, middle-aged men write dialogue for teenage girls. The separation of the girls into different cliques also seems a bit forced and unrealistic, and didn't really work.
It isn't all bad though. Rupert Everett shines in full drag-mode as the headmistress. And Russell brand is perfectly cast as Flash Harry; he also seems to have ad-libbed a bit (which probably imporoved the original script). I don't rate Gemma Arterton much. Yes she is striking to look at but she isn't that great an actress and has no charm whatsoever. Stephen Fry makes a good cameo.
So, it is worth a watch. It won't win any awards and is shoddily put together, but the familiar faces and the fact that it is a good-natured film, kept me watching. The plot, although predictable, does make you will the characters on, and you do warm to them.