Starter for Ten
Source: Catholic News Service
Appealing British film set in the 1980s about a gauche working-class student (James McAvoy) at Bristol University whose lifelong penchant for trivia makes him a natural to join the four-person team competing on "University Challenge," an actual game show akin to the old "College Bowl" series in the U.S., and finds himself romantically torn between his pretty blonde teammate (Alice Eve) and the campus activist (Rebecca Hall). Director Tom Vaughan's coming-of-age story -- with its overlay of class conflict -- features good performances all around, most especially by McAvoy, whose character, by movie's end, has learned appropriate life lessons beyond the encyclopedic mental storehouse he thought was so important. OK for older teens and up. Brief sexual content and innuendo, some crass language, brief drug use, brief light violence and partial nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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