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The History Boys

HD   R Closed Captioning

Nicholas Hytner

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Plot Summary

From award-winning playwright Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George) comes this delightfully witty comedy of eight boisterous-yet-talented schoolboys hoping to gain admittance to England's most prestigious universities. They're aided on their quest by two teachers, a shrewd young upstart and an inspiring old eccentric, whose opposing philosophies challenge the boys to confront the true meaning of education and the relative values of happiness and success. Adapted from the original Tony Award winning play and starring the original Tony Award winning cast, "The History Boys" is an engaging, thought-provoking, and wickedly funny look at history, the pursuit of knowledge, and the utter randomness of life.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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65%
  • Reviews Counted: 105
  • Fresh: 68
  • Rotten: 37
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is achingly perceptive writing that director Nicholas Hytner, working with the same superb cast that performed in London and on Broadway, brings to life. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Fresh: [An] exuberantly free-spirited but faithful movie version of Alan Bennett's masterful hit play about education, class, sex, love, death, memory and that often equally fantastical thing we call history. – Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The film becomes a sermonette on tolerance. But with its one-sidedness, it fails to practice what it preaches. – Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The History Boys is a movie that asks questions like 'What is education really for anyway?' and asks them in an altogether witty, brainy way. It turns history into what it really is, the story of our lives. – Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Wonderful

Just an amazing movie. I wish I could have seen the theater production. The acting is superb and the dialogue is witty, sometimes powerful. It is controversial, but amazingly open. Be prepared to deal with some taboo subjects handled in a suprsingly mature way. Stick with it and you will be rewarded!

Incredible movie

This is a great, mature movie that touches upon some...unique circumstances and has quite a profound feel to it. I wish Itunes provided the soundtrack as well.

amazing movie

This movie is fantastic! I wish I could have seen the show. The characters are all well developed, very witty, and perfectly charming. This is one of my all time favorite movies. I could watch it again and again!

The History Boys
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2007

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