Giles Keyte
Kerrie Mitchell
July 28, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Starter for 10

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
96 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/23/07
performer
James McAvoy
director
Tom Vaughan
distributor
HBO Home Video
author
David Nicholls
genre
Romance

We gave it a B-

The ’80s-set British comedy Starter for 10 follows university student Brian (The Last King of Scotland‘s James McAvoy) as he tries to sort out his love life and score a spot on the school quiz team. McAvoy is an immensely appealing actor — the scene where Brian recalls his late father is a particular heartbreaker. But charm alone can’t distract from the usual campus shtick (the battle with a snobby classmate, the first taste of marijuana). The clichés feel as overused as the ’80s soundtrack. EXTRAS A dull making-of and pop-up IDs for all those Cure songs. B-

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