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provides a hilarious framing device for debut director Tom Vaughan's spirited coming-of-age comedy drama. Adapted by David Nicholls from his own bestselling novel, it stars a charismatic James McAvoy as a gawky, working-class student navigating through his chaotic fresher year at Bristol University in the mid-1980s. Bittersweet lessons about life and love follow, precipitated by two headstrong girls (a chalk-and-cheese Alice Eve and Rebecca Hall) and a dream opportunity to compete in his favourite academic telly quiz (whose catchphrase gives the film its title). With its smart, pop culture-infused dialogue and evocative period soundtrack, this campus charmer has all the buoyancy of a John Hughes teen caper. But it's the sharp, distinctly British humour and nostalgic warmth that have most appeal. Adroitly combined, they enhance an otherwise conventional plot and bring out the best in a collectively fine cast - especially in the delicious, climactic re-creation of the TV programme itself.
A working-class student struggling to fit in at a Bristol university in the 1980s applies his formidable general knowledge to get on the college's University Challenge team. An even bigger challenge presents itself as he tries to woo a team-mate. Comedy drama, starring James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Catherine Tate, Charles Dance and Lindsay Duncan, with Mark Gatiss as quizmaster Bamber Gascoigne.
Cast & Crew
Tom Vaughan (1)
Contains swearing, nudity and drug abuse.
DVD and Blu-ray
10 Nov 2006
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