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The History Boys

Richard Griffiths , Frances de la Tour , Nicholas Hytner    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some plays should just remain in the theater June 28 2007
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
I thought this movie was okay and could have been better even with its funny and touching scenes (brief encounter!). Set in Yorkshire, England in 1983, and centers around a handful of boys in their final year of high school. The boys represent a rather interesting and eclectic mix: there's one who's gay, another who loves sports more than school, and another who is the valedictorian but who acts more like the class bully. Nevertheless, they're all brilliant students who are particularly apt scholars of history and the French language. When news circulates that they have a chance at getting into Oxford and Cambridge, the headmaster (Clive Merrison) hires a young Oxford graduate (Stephen Campbell Moore) to temporarily teach the kids for the "big test" and make them more well rounded students and optimum choices for acceptance, all while intruding upon their favorite History teacher's (Richard Griffiths) class time.He's obese, challenging, and eccentric. He also rides a motorcycle and endlessly quotes great poetry. He firmly agrees with A.E. Houseman who wrote: "All human knowledge is precious whether or not it serves the slightest human use." If Hector were around today he might be on the endangered species list. But Hector also has a dark side. He seems to get a sexual charge out of taking students out for intimate rides on his motorcycle, and his inappropriate behavior eventually becomes an issue in the film. His job is to prepare some promising but uncouth students for Oxford. He uses creative teaching methods and actually encourages them to think for themselves.

"The History Boys" is also very hip to British pop culture, with numerous '80s rock songs throughout, and very intellectual, with poignant poetry found in nearly every scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watched with laughter and tears April 30 2013
By mlkyar
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I have watched this from a PVR taping about 5 times and am pleased to own it so I can share it with friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The History Boys April 30 2013
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The History Boys. It was wonderful. Great acting by everyone concerned and especially the superbly gifted, and much missed, Richard Griffiths. First rate!
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For those who love to watch talented actors portraying characters with whom they can relate, this is a movie that can be truly admired.
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