The History Boys
The History Boys
- 1h 52m
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Two teachers with opposing methods prep a group of Yorkshire grammar school students before their admission interviews at Oxford and Cambridge.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: While not quite having the impact of its original stage version, The History Boys nevertheless is a witty and involving school drama.
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Common Sense Says
Play-turned-movie grapples with sexuality, life.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids, even older teens, probably won't be very interested in this small, talky British film based on Alan Bennett's award-winning play. Several central characters -- both students and teachers -- are homosexual and struggling with their desires. Treated in a mature way, this theme is addressed through clever, occasionally explicit dialogue (but no graphic imagery). The movie doesn't outright condemn the teachers' desire or suggest that the boys are damaged when one awkward instructor regularly "handles their nuts." In one scene, a student takes off his trousers (you see boxers) to act out a skit in class; in another, he's in bed with a female secretary (they're talking, post-sex, no explicit nudity). A fatal traffic accident occurs off-screen, and characters mourn the resulting death. Characters smoke and use "f--k" and strong other language.
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama
- Release Date:November 21, 2006
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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