The Bad Education Movie (DVD)

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published 13/09/2017 | IzzyS
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Pro Amusing moments, ocassional witty dialogue, fast paced, film spoof/parody elements
Cons Appears like a long TV show rather than a film as such, comedy wont suit all (puerile) etc.
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"Puerile sillyness galore - its the film version of Bad Education!"

- Story -

This is a film version of the BBC Three comedy TV show in which Mr Wickers and his class go on a trip after they've finished their GCSEs, with some unforseen circumstances. What happens? you'll have to watch the film to find out.

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This is a comedy film which features themes including rebellion and self deprecating humour. It is quite immature in comedy but it wasn't without its amusing moments - if you've seen the TV show this is a spin off from then you'll have a good idea of the type of comedy to expect. Its pretty silly and flippant at times and it most certainly doesn't take itself seriously, which I think is frankly just as well. The first scene (after an initial build up of the first 3-4 minutes or so) is an obvious, clear spoof of a well known classic 80s sci-fi film. The film is quite rowdy and madcap in tone, with the various classmates of Alife Wickers doing their best to run circles around him (as viewers of the TV show will know, there's nothing new there then).

Cast wise, Jack Whitehall plays Alfie Wickers, the main character. He isn't afraid to send himself up in this role and literally be the butt of various jokes. Meanwhile, his father, Martin Wickers, is played by comedy legend Harry Enfield (who doesn't feature often enough as far as I'm concerned), Matthew Horne plays the head, Fraser and Nikki Runeckles plays Chantelle. Joanna Scanlan plays Susan Poulter, someone sent along with Alfie and his schoolmates to try and keep things in line. Content wise, the film contains partial nudity, some bloody violence and strong language, including a number of sexual innuendos. The film has been given a 15 rating due to this content.

The film is relatively short in length, at just under an hour and a half long. I was glad of that as other films can go on for far too long, outlasting the few semi-decent jokes they have. I felt it looked much like a longer version of the TV show - there's no amazing cinematography here but then, to be fair, I wasn't particularly expecting any. I reckon its one of those films where if you have little to no real expectations prior to watching it, then you might find it a reasonable laugh, a bit of a giggle here and there. Its pretty puerile, although, if anything, not as explicitly graphic in terms of sexual content as other American based teen comedy films. It is very much a British comedy. There's even one surrealist type joke present, which was very random and I most certainly didn't see coming but it made me laugh!.

Its relatively fast paced and should keep teenagers entertained for the duration - there are some instances of surprisingly witty dialogue, although I wouldn't go so far as to say its an especially stand out, or even particularly memorable, film. However, it is an entertaining watch with a few good laughs, some titters and plenty of cringe slapstick comedy - whether or not thats your 'thing' I'll leave up to you to decide. Oh and also, the plot becomes really quite ludicrous in the last quarter - I wouldn't want to provide any spoilers but suffice to say that the plot pace increases even more than before and things seem to get more hectic, in a 'their out of their league - how do they get themselves out of this mess? this'll be fun to see how it plays out' sort of a way. i'll say no more. Its not the sort of film in which I can think of a great deal to mention but hopefully this is enough to help you decide if its worth a watch or not.

- Would I Recommend It? -

I'm not sure if I'd especially recommend it - its amusing enough but not exactly amazing. If you enjoy the TV show that its based on and you like Jack Whitehall then you'll likely enjoy it but the comedy won't suit everyone - its target audience likely being teenage boys and those in their 20s perhaps.

- Availability -

If your interested in seeing this, you can buy it on DVD for £4.75 at Amazon UK, at time of publishing this review. I watched it via Netflix UK, where it was available at the time of typing this review, although they do remove content every so often, to make room for new content, so you may want to double check on their website first if its still available.

- Final Note / Thank You -

Thank you for reading my review, I hope you found it useful and thanks, as ever, for any and all rates and comments.

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  • sirodar published 18/09/2017
    Good work :-0
  • LiveMusicLoverLyn published 16/09/2017
    Maybe when it comes to free TV!
  • jb0077 published 16/09/2017
    vh
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Video Category: Feature Film

Actor(s): Jack Whitehall, Clarke Peters, Harry Enfield, Mathew Horne, Sarah Solemani

Director(s): Elliot Hegarty

Classification: 15 years and over

DVD Region: DVD

Production Year: 2015

Main Language: English

EAN: 5017239197758

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