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August 05, 2007

Starter for 10 - 5

Brian (James McAvoy, The Last King of Scotland) has always wanted to be smart. His father, who died when he was younger, loved game shows and trivia- never got to go to college. So when Brian gets into Bristol University (in England), he wants to pursue the good life of knowledge and learning. He also joins the University Challenge, a general knowledge trivia team. He soon finds that navigating higher education with grades and the distraction of love, Alice (Alice Eve) who is also on the team and activist/friend Rebecca (Rebecca Hall) is hard work. The alienation of his high school friends back home makes for further challenges. He eventually makes a fool out of himself to everyone- to finally find out who his true friends are and who he is becoming because of his relationships. A good film about the issues of the college years, but tries to hard to be funny and romantic (and I'm not sure why they set the film in 1985). Another film to add to the list of films that explore the purposes of higher education.

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