An unruly collection of clever but crass Thatcher-era English high-school students seek to earn the scores needed to enroll in Oxford and Cambridge in director Nicholas Hytner and screenwriter Alan Bennett's screen adaptation of Bennett's Tony-winning play. The History Boys focuses on a group of eight students, all of them deemed by their overeager headmaster (Clive Merrison) to be the best and the brightest. Though they've been coddled by their humanities-loving instructor, Hector (Richard Griffiths), and their acerbic history teacher, Mrs. Lintott (Frances de la Tour), the boys are deemed in need of additional tutoring; thus, the brash, young Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore) is recruited to challenge them further. The subtle power games the boys used to their advantage with their previous tutors are of no use with Irwin, whose wit borders on the callous. Meanwhile, Irwin's presence -- and a hush-hush scandal -- forces all of the faculty members to reassess their position at the school. Hytner shot The History Boys shortly after the play's Broadway run, to capitalize on the enthusiasm and energy exhibited in the live shows. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
i liked it a lot, and i think european movies have it way over us in subtlety and nuance; the kids were great, the principal was snidely and the plot was delicately developed. reminded me more of Prime of Miss Jean Brody. The world tour extra was entertaining and let you know the players better; one of the actors has gone on to star in several other features like "Being Human" and I'm sure the others have great futures ahead of them.
A wonderful look at our goals of education, challenge and our need to be more than what we are. This movie examines a group of extraordinary gentlemen who are the first to qualify for Oxford schools- a rather big deal. Through the relationships these students undergo with their professors, their subject materials and the on going examination of what is thought, these boys take a journey creating their own history.