The History Boys

Published September 19, 2010

The History Boys

Film info

  • Title The History Boys
  • Director Nicholas Hytner
  • Year 2006
  • Run time 1hr 47m
  • Genres Drama, Comedy
  • Tagline History, it's just one bloody thing after another

Live Blog

1:42If our roads were empty like that, I would ride a bike everywhere too.
3:47“Why are you dressed as a milkman?” Uh… surely the only possible answer to that is “Because I’m a milkman.”
5:04Did I blink and a whole summer passed by?
7:06PE was introduced in the 80s? I figured it had been around forever.
8:49I’m assuming this is a boys school as there isn’t a girl in sight.
12:12Blimey. They speak French better than we ever did at school.
12:35Of course, we never role-played a brothel.
18:19All of these kids have gone on to other things. Even James Corden.
22:40“Have a heart. He’s only five minutes older than we are.” Ah, substitute teachers.
26:52There’s a statue just like that in Winchester, I have a photo.
30:52“Most of the stuff poetry is about hasn’t happened to us yet.”
36:05Interesting that they think a teacher is trying to make them into a more well-rounded human being. That is certainly not the aim of the education system these days.
44:32He’s a pretty scary headmaster.
46:33Gobbets is not a nice word.
48:37That feels like the end of Act 1.
1:00:29I find it annoying that every single sentence ends with Sir.
1:01:56Blimey. I wouldn’t know what to do if a teacher started crying. I’d probably run off.
1:06:4I don’t really understand why they all decided to cover for Hector in the first place.
1:11:31She’s a very angry history teacher. I suppose there is a lot in history to be angry about.
1:16:47His ploy didn’t work.
1:18:45The architecture is nice. He could just say that anyway.
1:19:37“It’s like a stately home. My parents would love it.”
1:21:43Life is incredibly random, but also very coincidental.
1:27:05They all got places?
1:37:25That is a great way of showing something without showing it. Fade to white, noise only.
1:41:57Perhaps it should be called Hector’s Boys.
1:42:26“I’m not happy, but I’m not unhappy about it.”


iPlayer to the rescue, and although I was only vaguely aware of this film/play, I was intrigued by all the many famous people in it - some of them on the way up to stardom. I’m also always interested in how plays make the transition to the big screen.

I’m not going to lie, there was a lot of this that went over my head. Far too much pontificating about things and quoting literature that I don’t know. That’s kind of what you get with plays, of course. That aside, the film was great and I liked it’s subtle, understated nature. Sometimes it’s nice to have watch something calm and intellectual (even if you don’t get all of it).

Rating: 2 / 5

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