St Trinian's

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Entertainment in Video'St Trinian's' updates the beloved boarding school film series of the 1950s and 1960s. It's got Rupert Everett in drag, and it's got Colin Firth having his leg abused – twice – by a dog named Darcy, so by

rights, it should be unwatchable. But this rude, unruly romp scrapes through its Ofsted inspection by cramming in as many jokes as it possibly can, many of which have the gothic grisliness of Ronald Searle's original cartoons. You have to award a gold star to any film which pastiches Damien Hirst by pickling a schoolgirl in a fish tank.