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An Education (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama | 5 February 2010 (USA)
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A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 35 wins & 89 nominations. See more awards »

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William Melling ...
Small Boy
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Small Boy
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Graham
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Amanda Fairbank-Hynes ...
Hattie
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Nick Sampson ...
Auctioneer
Kate Duchêne ...
Latin Teacher (as Kate Duchene)
Bel Parker ...
Small Girl
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In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association ... Written by Huggo

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Innocence of the Young.

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking | See all certifications »

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5 February 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enseñanza de vida  »

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Budget:

£4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$159,017 (USA) (9 October 2009)

Gross:

$12,574,715 (USA) (30 April 2010)
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Orlando Bloom dropped out a week before filming began; Dominic Cooper, who had previously been in talks, replaced him. See more »

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During a scene near the beginning of the movie David is drinking from a crystal glass given to him by Helen. A sticker can be seen on the bottom of the glass. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Miss Stubbs: Come on, girls. Anybody?
[pauses]
Miss Stubbs: Anybody else?
[pauses]
Miss Stubbs: Jenny again.
Jenny: Isn't it because Mr. Rochester's blind?
Miss Stubbs: Yes, Jenny.
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References A Summer Place (1959) See more »

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Sous le ciel de Paris
Music by Hubert Giraud
Lyrics by Jean Drejac
Performed by Juliette Gréco
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Well made, terrific acting
6 January 2010 | by (Oakland, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I was 14 years old in 1961, just a couple of years younger than the girl here. A couple of years later, I too was involved with an older married man. (But not to worry, the next year I entered hippiedom and all was very, very different.) What I'm trying to say is, "Been there, done that" … except in my case it was Evansville, Indiana and not London. Too bad. Anyway, I was not as sophisticated as this 16 year old (neither was he, by the way) but I reveled in the mystery and adventure of the adult world … also the lies and deceit. The thing is, now that I'm an Aging Hippy, Retired, the age difference of the girl/man couple disturbed me. I was also disturbed by the acceptance of the parents. The movie was well made, the actors do a terrific job, and it made me think. My reaction is my own personal bugaboo. Just thought I'd put it out there.


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