THE HISTORY BOYS

Alan Bennett adapted his own Tony-winning stage play for Nicholas Hytner (the director of Bennett’s 1994 play adaptation “The Madness of King George”). It concerns a group of Oxford-bound Sheffield boys who have a homosexual teacher (he gropes the kids on occasion) and are saddled with a young upstart (Stephen Campbell Moore from “Bright Young Things”) who is to coach them to their Oxford exams. Richard Griffiths is terrific as the gay English teacher who fondles and adores them. Funny and somehow never too unsettling, this is maybe the warmest film about sexual abuse ever made.

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