Variety doesn't care for 'The History Boys' | The Moviegoer

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Variety doesn't care for 'The History Boys'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2006 at 1:48 PM

"The History Boys" may please fans of the original legit production and the stragglers who didn't catch it in Gotham or London's West End. However, auds coming cold to this largely faithful adaptation of Alan Bennett's clever but contrived classroom comedy won't be so wowed, given pic's irrevocably stagy feel. Nicholas Hytner's flat-footed direction doesn't help, nor do pic's younger cast members' over-rehearsed perfs, although the seasoned thesps shine. Hard-marketing push and Bennett's name should reap interest from Blighty's chattering classes when it opens in the U.K. on Oct. 13, but "History" may struggle to push beyond sophisticated urban centers upon Stateside release Nov. 22.

Here's the full review.

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