The History Boys Movie Poster
  • Released
  • November 22, 2006
  • R, 1 hr 49 min
  • Art House/Foreign
  • Drama
  • 102 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

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Parents need to know that kids, even older teens, probably won't be very interested in this small, talky British film based on Alan Bennett's award-winning play. Several central characters -- both students and teachers -- are homosexual and struggling with their desires. Treated in a mature way, this theme is addressed through clever, occasionally explicit dialogue (but no graphic imagery). The movie doesn't outright condemn the teachers' desire or suggest that the boys are damaged when one awkward instructor regularly "handles their nuts." In one scene, a student takes off his trousers (you see boxers) to act out a skit in class; in another, he's in bed with a female secretary (they're talking, post-sex, no explicit nudity). A fatal traffic accident occurs off-screen, and characters mourn the resulting death. Characters smoke and use "f--k" and strong other language.

  • POSITIVE MESSAGES
  • VIOLENCE
  • SEX
  • LANGUAGE
  • CONSUMERISM
  • DRINKING & DRUGS
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