Starter for 10
Young Essex boy, Brian, has always wanted to be smart, starting back in the day when he watched quiz shows on TV with his dad. When he heads off to Bristol University on a scholarship, he is full of hope, passion and enthusiasm. He enters University Challenge, intending to make his mark, and to realise his dream. But he is caught up in the hope, passion and enthusiasm associated with the opposite sex, which proves to be a distraction. He is also distracted with trying to balance his new life with his old. His dreams may not be realised through University Challenge, but all is not lost, he is young and has everything on his side.
I liked the trailer for this film very much, and kept meaning to watch it. I finally rented it, only to be slightly disappointed. I thought it would be funnier, or quirkier. But, it was still enjoyable. There was a good love story, and McAvoy was a successful rom com lead. I could identify with, and reminisce over, the excitement, uncertainty, and privilege of embarking on a new stage in one’s life.