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St. Trinian's

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Quirky British boarding-school comedy has iffy messages.

Movie PG-13 2009 100 minutes
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A huge hit in the UK, St. Trinian's comedy translates fairly well across the pond, but a familiarity with British teens and colloquialisms helps. Of the girls, the clear stand out is Head Girl Kelly (Gemma Arterton, who played Strawberry Fields in The Quantum of Solace and is clearly headed for leading roles. But the movie is considerably bolstered by the supporting players (Everett, Firth, Russell Brand, and Stephen Fry) and a memorable soundtrack dominated by Lily Allen.

The movie includes several inside jokes -- the best being the many references to Pride and Prejudice, which features Firth walking across a field wearing a sopping-wet white shirt. Everett's Camilla is an obvious but amusing dig at Prince Charles' wife, and Brand's Flash, a petty criminal who instructs the girls in the criminal arts, is, as always, creepily charming. U.S. teens may not get all of the English jokes, but it's always fun to see underdog misfits triumph.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 9, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: January 26, 2010
  • Cast: Colin Firth , Lena Headey , Rupert Everett
  • Director: Oliver Parker
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Gay actors
  • Studio: NeoClassics Films
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: thematic elements, drug and alcohol content, sexual material and language
  • Last updated: April 2, 2023

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