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St. Trinian's Review

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  • 2.0

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  • 20

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    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    A stunningly witless revival of the infamous British film series about a girls’ boarding school.

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  • 50

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    Variety Derek Elley

    Mildly amusing result, with plenty of slack in its 100 minutes, should work OK with its target audience of female Brit tweenies, who won't notice the pic's shoddy technical package, sloppy direction and the way the original films' antiestablishment tone has morphed into a celebration of dumbed-down "yoof" culture.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    Remaking eccentric English comedies is seldom a good idea, especially the ones from Ealing Studios with all those wonderful character actors. But against all odds, the new version of St. Trinian's almost pulls it off.

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  • 60

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    Village Voice

    Can be enjoyed in all its endearing awfulness, as a loony "High School Musical" with posher accents and a lot more going on upstairs.

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Iffy for 13+

Quirky British boarding-school comedy has iffy messages.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this British boarding-school comedy will probably appeal most to teens who enjoy quirky and/or independent films -- though they won't find any positive role models or messages here. Although it's all played for laughs, the students engage in inappropriate behavior like sellingblack-market goods (including vodka) and coming up with illegal ways tosave their school from ruin. There's also some salty language (though "hell" and "whore" are probably the worst of it), moderate sexuality (girls walk around in lingerie, and there's a brief glimpse of an adult man's naked bum), and a fair amount of drinking among the faculty.

  • Families can talk about the way British high school culture is depicted in the movie. Are there similar social castes and cliques in American high schools?
  • Boarding schools are a much bigger part of British society than American society. How are boarding schools depicted in most American movies?
  • Although the movie is a comedy, there are a lot of outlandishly negative messages about teenage behavior. What would the consequences of this kind of behavior (drinking, sexuality, etc.) be in real life?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Yes, the girls band together to keep their school from closing, but they all engage in preposterously inappropriate behavior -- like selling black-market vodka and brainstorming criminal acts like credit card fraud, robbery, kindapping, etc. It's obviously for laughs, but it's fairly consequence-free negative behavior nonetheless.

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    Role models: There aren't many positive role models in the movie, considering that the girls engage in illegal schemes and the teachers spend most of their time drunk or not paying attention to the girls, who pretty much do whatever they want at the school. In one sequence, the girls initiate a new student by videotaping her in the shower and uploading the video to the Web.

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    Violence: At the "worst school in Britain," girls are held by their ankles over stair rails, dragged around by farm equipment, etc. The younger girls make bombs for an elaborate heist that the students have concocted to steal a Vermeer painting. The phys ed skills include target shooting with semi-automatic weapons.

  • sex false3

    Sex: The school's "Posh Toddy" clique is overtly sexually aggressive, with the girls walking around in skimpy lingerie. The headmistress and the minister kiss and make love -- it's not graphic, but you do see his naked rear end.

  • language false2

    Language: Mostly insults (some are British slang) like "silly cow," "whore," "shut up," "bloody hell," "toddy," and "Pikey."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: All the teachers drink cocktails every day, and a couple are especially drunk. The first years (11-year-olds) run a black market vodka distillery out of the school.