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1.0 out of 5 stars WORRYING, 19 Sept. 2009
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This review is from: The History Boys [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
I agree with the previous reviewer - I cannot get past the fact that the "hero" of this film is a fondler of school boys and yet we are supposed to just chuckle about this as if it's just some kind of eccentricity, like the guy has a habit wearing odd clothes or dozing off during school assemblies! It doesn't matter how inspiring or brilliant he was. He was abusing the boys and they were taking it in turns to put up with it, which simply demonstrates their naivety and therefore vulnerability to the abuse. Much as the ending was moving, it's still hard to listen to a finale whereby the only lad that was inspired to become a teacher tells us he's sorely tempted by the young boys, but manages to hold himself back. Are we supposed to be impressed? He still lusts after them! Without this aspect this could have been a good film. With this aspect the film seems to be trying to justify this aborhent behaviour because the people in question are intellectuals who make inspiring teachers. I equally worried and baffled.....
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Initial post: 27 Sep 2009 18:18:00 BDT
You make no mention that the Headmaster was 'groping' his young and pretty female secretary. I guess in your world, that sort of sexual abuse is perfectly fine. This film is an excellent and well told story, and your spin on it is way off the mark.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2012 16:33:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2012 16:38:07 GMT
No it's not - the film is about a pedophile and no amount of psuedo-intellectual spin amongst the chattering classes changes that. No doubt they would react rather differently if their privately educated sons came home claiming to be the victims of homosexual pedophile abuse (and YES - groping IS as much abuse, as much an outrageous betrayal of absolute trust, as much exploitation as sodomy where children are involved). Maybe its all such a "jolly jape" to such people because it happens to "other people's" children, people who are not them. This reviewer is 100% RIGHT and you are wrong to dismiss his very relevant comments in so cavalier a fashion. The film is not about the headmaster, it's about the protagonist. But yes, the headmaster is wrong to act as he does. He is not a pedophile for acting as he does but he is certainly wrong and like the protagonist guilty of a CRIMINAL offence.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 18:33:22 GMT
Jamieb says:
It's a great film. The boys' characters are 18+, studying post A levels for university entrance exams. You've taken the whole point of the film out of context.
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