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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 & 91 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jenny Mellor
... Miss Stubbs
... Jack Mellor
... Marjorie
William Melling ... Small Boy
... Small Boy
... Graham
... David Goldman
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes ... Hattie
... Tina
... Danny
... Helen
Nick Sampson ... Auctioneer
... Latin Teacher (as Kate Duchene)
Bel Parker ... Small Girl
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

£4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,017, 9 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,574,715, 2 May 2010
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2.35 : 1
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This film marks the first time in his 15-year career that Peter Sarsgaard received top billing. He has been attached to this film for a number of years. See more »

Goofs

When the group are driving to the house outside Oxford Danny and David are sat in the front of car. But when they get out of the car Jenny gets out from the front seat and Danny from the back. 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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Referenced in The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2010) See more »

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Sweet Nothin's
Written by Ronnie Self
Performed by Brenda Lee
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Well Acted but Clichéd
18 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

In early 1960s England, a 16-year old schoolgirl becomes infatuated with a man nearly twice her age. The best thing about this handsomely made if unoriginal drama is the winning performance by Mulligan, a radiant young actress. American Sarsgaard seems an odd choice to play her British suitor, but he brings an appropriate creepiness to the role. Also notable are Molina, Williams, and Thompson. Although based on a memoir, it is hard to believe that the young lady's parents would be so gullible and idiotic as to let her go out of town for overnight stays with an older man they know nothing about. The screenplay is somewhat plodding, leading to a clichéd ending.


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