ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – O – Old Boys (2018) Movie Review

Director: Toby MacDonald

Writer: Luke Ponte, Freddy Syborn (Screenplay)

Starring: Alex Lawther, Jonah Hauer-King, Pauline Etienne, Denis Menochet, Joshua McGuire, Nicholas Rowe, Eros Vlahos

Plot: In the school-set re-working of Cyrano, an awkward but imaginative pupil helps the handsome but spectacularly dim school-hero pursue the fiery daughter of a visiting French teacher.

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Live Your Life 101

Story: Old Boys starts as we head to a private British Boarding School where we see the school loser Amberson (Lawther) who is always picked last in sport and bullied by the rest of the boys in the school. Amberson meets the daughter of new teacher Agnes (Etienne) moving in to the local residence, where she gets a sight of the most popular boy in school Winchester (Hauer-King).

Amberson ends up playing the middle man for the romance between the two, as it turns out that Winchester is more about the talk, rather than just being a smooth ladies man and it is actually Amberson that is the smooth one, can he make the relationship work to improve his position in the school?

Thoughts on Old Boys

Characters – Amberson is considered the outsider and loser in the boarding school, he is smarter than most of the other students and isn’t from a rich family like the rest either. He gets woken everyday by a bucket of water, which he must refill and along the way he meets the daughter of the new French teacher, he falls for her, but ends up needing to make a deal with the popular kid in the school to be the middle man in their relationship. Winchester is the most popular kid in the school, he will always have the rest of the school behind him, even though he isn’t as confident as his persona makes him. He needs Amberson to help him and will exchange it for popularity. Agnes is the French daughter of the newest teacher, she is bored following her father around and will get Amberson to help her meet Winchester. Babinot is Agnes father that is the new teacher dealing with his own problems even at his daughter’s expense.

PerformancesAlex Lawther once again gives us a wonderful leading performance where he does show us the confident side to his geeky character. Jonah Hauer-King does a great job playing against the typical character you would image his character looks. Pauline Etienne is great to watch as the young woman that wants to be set free to live her dreams.

StoryThe story here follows a boarding school student that is always picked on that ends up getting stuck as the middle man between the popular student and a daughter of one of the teachers that he has a crush on. This story does like to spin the stereotypes we have seen happening for years, with the popular jock being an uncomfortable figure, the geeky figure being the smoother one with the ladies, which changes how the characters act over how they look. We do see how popularity can spin in a second no matter what people think and that life is about taking chances like no other.

ComedyThe comedy here comes from seeing how the characters interact, with how Winchester is seen by the other students who idolism him.

SettingsThe film keeps the film in the and around the boarding school, which shows how the limited options are there for the boys.


Scene of the Movie – The big game.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The supporting students are clichés.

Final Thoughts This is a fun comedy that gives us the important message about living life to the fullest, we might have seen this idea before, but this film does spin certain stereotypes on their heads.

Overall: Fun Comedy.

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