YMMV / The History Boys

  • Base-Breaking Character: Hector. Either he's a perverted monster who preyed on his students and should have been sacked years ago, or he's a deeply tragic figure who didn't deserve to be persecuted for his urges. It's only made worse by the intentional Gray and Gray Morality of the situation - the boys know about Hector and treat the whole issue as a joke (and don't see it as abuse nor themselves as victims) and Hector himself refuses to include Posner (implied to be the youngest and the least emotionally stable).
  • Ho Yay: Everybody/Anyone. It's set in an all-boys school and the whole class has great rapport (and are mostly Bishōnen), so any ship floats, despite the fact only a handful of characters are explicitly gay.
  • Tear Jerker: Hector's funeral, where the boys sing "Bye Bye Blackbird" and Ms. Lintott monologues about what happens to each of them in the future.
  • The Woobie: Posner. He spends half the film looking like he's about to cry.