The History Boys | Full Movie

The History Boys
  • R
  • 1h 52m
  • 2006
Fresh66%
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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.
© 2006 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Fresh66%
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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Entertainment Weekly
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June 21, 2017
Time Out
Stephen Garrett
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June 21, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore
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Taking a production pretty much intact from stage to screen robs it of its surprises. The cast see...

March 3, 2019
Miami Herald
Rene Rodriguez
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A funny thing happened to The History Boys on the way to the screen. The players are the same, the...

March 3, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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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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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:November 21, 2006
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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