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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘St. Trinian’s’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…


Didn’t get a chance to check out that screener last week, like I thought I would. So this is my first peek at the film…

Oo, Colin Firth is the villain: that should be fun.

Wait, I’m confused: Are the girls “trouble” because they detonate high explosives on school grounds, or are they “trouble” because they’re cartoonishly sexy?

Dog abuse? Really? Who decided that this was the height of comedy for the early 21st century?

I’m not looking forward to this so much as I might have been before…

St. Trinian’s has come and gone from U.K. cinemas (and is available on DVD in Region 2); it opens in the U.S. on August 28.



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  • JoshDM

    This is a complete rip-off of the “Catholic High School Girls in Trouble” sequence as featured in Kentucky Fried Movie.

  • Matthew

    JoshDM, as people have said on the other post about this movie, St Trinian’s is a an old British cultural institution that started life as a series of cartoons by Ronald Searle in 1948. There were then four films made in the 50s and 60s, with a terrible attempt to revive the franchise in 1980.

    The 2007 version has had more success, which has led to a sequel. Kentucky Fried Movie and the latest St Trinian’s film are most likely to have a common source of inspiration – the original movies.

    Here’s some of the first one, The Belles of St Trinian’s:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWrLeaf4CXE

    And here are a couple of clips from the second, Blue Murder at St Trinian’s

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2s7hnBFDrI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x34IXgDcMTw

    The original concept was very much of its time. I’m not sure how well it updates. Cartoon sexiness is one thing when contrasted against 1950s Britain, it seems entirely redundant in the 21st Century.

  • JoshDM

    Matthew, you obviously have not watched the aforementioned sequence from the aforementioned movie.

  • I watched this over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it, much to my surprise. Not a mean-spirited bone in its body, unlike most of Hollyweird’s offerings in the genre. The girls, for being such supposed outlaws, are all very likeable, and some are well worthy of rising to the status of girl crush on MaryAnn’s bias meter.

    Now I’m REALLY looking forward to the sequel.

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