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ST TRINIANS 2:

THE SEARCH FOR FRITTON’S GOLD

04-01-2010

Sequels rarely live up to the original so a sequel to an update of a 50 year-old series doesn’t hold much promise. Dave Woodhall spent an uncomfortable couple of hours at the cinema, in more ways than one.

The original St Trinian’s films were classics of their time, full of wonderful characters and marked by genius character acting (does anyone remember 1980’s The Wildcats of St Trinian’s? Thought not). The original update, 2007’s St Trinian’s, was better and a lot funnier than expected, so a follow-up was inevitable.

Most of the cast are reprised, although fortunately without the unavailable Russell Brand, which means no Flash Harry. The plot, such as it is, centres around the girls coming across an old-fashioned treasure map and hunting for gold originally stolen by an ancestor of headmistress Camilla Fritton.

Naturally, there’s not much in the way of plot or character development, and a lot of musical interludes. And to be blunt, this is one of the worst films I’ve seen for a long time.

I don’t suppose it was aimed at me, but whereas the originals have an ageless charm, this one’s in your face juvenilia. David Tennant and Colin Firth do their best while Rupert Everet is always going to suffer in the role made famous by Alistair Sim.

There are a few scenes that almost made me smile, and a few more references that will go wildly over the heads of the target audience. Speaking of which, we had the misfortune to be sitting in front of four of the most ill-mannered, selfish young ladies I’ve come across for some time.

Popcorn and sweets are expensive enough without strewing them across the floor, and I really don’t want to know what you f’king well think of the f’king film every to minutes, thank you.

Therein lies probably my biggest reservation about the new St Trinian’s series. The originals were so wildly unrealistic that both cast and their behaviour were harmless caricatures. Nowadays they’re a bit too close for comfort.

Or without getting too sociological, it’s a badly-written, reasonably-acted film with a plot full of holes and best avoided.

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