St Trinian's

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St Trinian's
This ultra-glossy, twenty-first-century update of the original series of films about the anarchic student body of the titular ‘ladies school’ comes bounding off the screen like a feature-length ad for Top Shop. Out go any radical notions of female social upheaval and in come clumsy drug jokes, broad stereotypes and reams-upon-reams of thudding pop music. The lead performances from the young cast are generally weak (apart from an excellent Jodie Whittaker) and the script is a tiresome mulch of self-conscious cultural references. Not even a camp-as-Christmas turn from Rupert Everett as effete headmistress Camilla Fritton is enough to salvage this mess, which drifts aimlessly towards a tawdry heist finale that will only make sense to those with the ability to bump their own brain-patterns to the level of sub-moronic torpor. The one-dimensional, any-excuse-for-a-musical-montage direction does, admittedly, inject some much-needed zip into the proceedings, but in terms of a cultural legacy, this is one to file next to ‘Spiceworld: The Movie’.

Release details

Release date: Friday December 21 2007
Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson
Cast: Anna Chancellor
Amara Karan
Juno Temple
Tamsin Egerton
Rupert Everett
Russell Brand
Celia Imrie
Antonia Bernath
Lucy Punch
Caterina Murino
Stephen Fry
Gemma Arterton
Lena Headey
Colin Firth
Talulah Riley
Jodie Whittaker