When Annabelle Fritton (Talulah Riley) is dropped off at St. Trinian's, she doesn't fit in. Her aunt (Rupert Everett) might be the headmaster, but Annabelle is too uptight and law abiding to immediately bond with the girls. But just as she begins to find a place for herself, the girls discover the new Minister of Education (Colin Firth) wants to shut the school down. The only thing to do is cheat to win University Quiz and pull off an art heist.
The cast is essential to selling the black comedy. Head Girl Kelly Jones was Gemma Arterton's (Quantum of Solace) breakout role. Juno Temple is a rising indie star. Jodie Whittaker (Attack the Block) plays an utterly incompetent school secretary. Rupert Everett is unrecognizable as both Camilla and Carnaby Fritton. (St. Trinian's does its part to keep the British drag tradition alive.) Lena Headley (Game of Thrones, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) is also unrecognizable as a mild-mannered teacher until she shows her St. Trinian's mettle during the climax.
Colin Firth, usually the dashing hero, does quite well as the hapless villain. Plus, his presence allows for a number of Pride & Prejudice jokes. (Three of the actresses have also appeared in P&P adaptations.) But his star power never outshines the large female cast, which is only fitting. Whenever they're onscreen, the girls of St. Trinian's steal the show.
If you're in the mood for a comedy, I recommend picking up a copy of St. Trinian's. Now if only I could find the sequel for less than $25.
Another thing to recommend it? The terrific pop soundtrack, which includes the theme "Defenders of Anarchy" by Girls Aloud.