PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Set in 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University.
Stars three actors who would go on to play Marvel characters. James McAvoy starred in X-Men: First Class (2011) as the young Charles Xavior, Dominic Cooper plays Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Agent Carter (2015), and Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Strange (2016). Also Rebecca Hall co-stars in Iron Man 3 (2013).
Are you shagging her then?
Brian Jackson: It's platonic.
Spencer: What does that mean?
Tone: Means she won't let him shag her.
The producers of this film may have dug a pit for themselves by choosing to set it in 1985. The 1985 competition (which was not broadcast for a year) was a brief return for the series after a short hiatus. Granada had decided to pep it up by modifying the format. In round 1 teams played each other over two programs, the first of which comprised of a "baton relay". Competitors were pitched one-against-one and had to answer two questions correctly before passing the baton on to the team-mate to the left. None of this was reflected in the film. In addition, the set was completely redesigned in red and black, unlike the more recognizable scheme employed in the film.
£207,345 (UK) (12 November 2006)
$210,128 (USA) (23 March 2007)
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