Starter for Ten (2007) As a working-class university student in the 1980s who makes a few redeemable coming-of-age mistakes in love and life (and plays on the Jeopardy! -like… 2007-02-23 PG-13 PT96M Comedy Romance Charles Dance James McAvoy Elaine Tan Picturehouse
Movie Review

Starter for Ten (2007)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
ROM-COMING OF AGE McAvoy (second from left) comes up with answers as a contestant on a British quiz show — and questions about love —…
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ROM-COMING OF AGE McAvoy (second from left) comes up with answers as a contestant on a British quiz show — and questions about love — in Starter for Ten
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Feb 23, 2007; Rated: PG-13; Length: 96 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Romance; With: Charles Dance and James McAvoy; Distributor: Picturehouse

As a working-class university student in the 1980s who makes a few redeemable coming-of-age mistakes in love and life (and plays on the Jeopardy!-like game show from which Starter for Ten takes its title terminology), James McAvoy uses some of the same naïf-with-charm muscles he exercised in The Last King of Scotland. There's a tidiness and affection to this British homage to John Hughes movies and the youthful error of first going for the wrong, hurtful girl instead of the right, patient one. B

Originally posted Feb 21, 2007 Published in issue #923 Mar 02, 2007 Order article reprints