New comedy Our Ladies is the latest UK film to ditch the jolly hockey stick representation of old in favour of complex characters

You can’t help wondering how British movie schoolgirls would fare among their American counterparts. How would Hermione Granger cope in the high school canteen with the Heathers or the Mean Girls? Take away her wand and they’d eat her for lunch. While US screen teens are often worldly, sharp and fashionable, it feels as though us Brits are still clinging to a wholesome, jolly hockey sticks fantasy of female education, as seen in the likes of St Trinian’s or Wild Child, where the pupils are naughty and anarchic, but still reassuringly innocent.

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