I went to go and watch this film when it was screened by my university’s film society. I wasn’t keen initially by the film’s initial premise. I was half expecting a smug little melodrama where a group of boys battle their demons and come away from it better people.
From the outset, this film spewed forth a pleasing stew of British talent – including the late Richard Griffiths as Hector. The film itself is comedic, thoughtful and a little sad. It also retains elements of the stage play which it came from, but plays these elements to their advantage. The sentimentality catches you unawares until the end, and I left the screening feeling sad and melancholy but thoughtful too.
A good film over all, its worth a watch if you want a comedy-drama to watch about growing up. The homo-erotic element of the story is obvious in the film but doesn’t overpower it despite the fact that its a central plot element.
MY RATING: **** / *****