I was interested in this film because Girls Aloud did a couple of songs on their soundtrack (paid link): “Theme to St Trinians” and “On My Way to Satisfaction.” Both were such great songs, I wanted to know how they worked within the context of the movie.
I loved it, from beginning to end. I wasn’t sure what to expect even though I spoiled myself with the Wiki entry and parsing through the old comics by Ronald Searle.
I saw loads of familiar faces: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Russell Brand, Talulah Riley, Gemma Arterton, Lily Cole, Lena Headey, Fenella Woolgar, Celia Imrie, Stephen Fry, Anna Chancellor, Mischa Barton, Nathaniel Parker, and Jeffrey Thompson. I had to go back and make sure I got everyone.
I loved the little nods to Colin Firth’s turn as Mr. Darcy. Miss Fritton’s dog was named Mr. Darcy and after Colin’s character falls in a pond, he walks out with a wet, white, translucent t-shirt. Every Colin Firth movie is an allusion to other Colin Firth movies.
My feminist flag-waver was pleased to see how refreshing it was to see girls committing crimes rather than boys. We expect boys to be the masterminds of anarchy but the girls really took to their source material. Of course, if boys are committing anarchy and committed to a boarding school for fuck-ups, it would be a drama. But if it’s girls, we make light of it and do a comedy.
All in all, it was a lovely and whip-smart comedy.