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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.

Director:

Lone Scherfig

Writers:

Lynn Barber (memoir), Nick Hornby (screenplay)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 36 wins & 93 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carey Mulligan ... Jenny Mellor
Olivia Williams ... Miss Stubbs
Alfred Molina ... Jack Mellor
Cara Seymour ... Marjorie
William Melling William Melling ... Small Boy
Connor Catchpole ... Small Boy
Matthew Beard ... Graham
Peter Sarsgaard ... David Goldman
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes ... Hattie
Ellie Kendrick ... Tina
Dominic Cooper ... Danny
Rosamund Pike ... Helen
Nick Sampson Nick Sampson ... Auctioneer
Kate Duchêne ... Latin Teacher (as Kate Duchene)
Bel Parker 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Innocence of the Young.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Education See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,017, 11 October 2009

Gross USA:

$12,574,914

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,096,852
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Lone Scherfig says she experimented with giving the actors options during scenes. For instance, she told Peter Sarsgaard that if he felt like it he could start a conversation with an extra playing a doorman in one scene despite there not being any written dialogue. See more »

Goofs

In the dog track parking lot, David takes a few things out of the back of his car and sets them on the ground. Although they are seen there throughout the scene, they are suddenly gone when he and Jenny leave even though he is never seen putting them 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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Soundtracks

Introduction et allegro
Written by Maurice Ravel
Performed by Jamie Campbell, Meghan Cassidy, Timothy Orpen, Gregor Riddell, Nicholas Sharlow, Keziah Thomas, and Adam Walker
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Inaccuracies
9 November 2010 | by imarcher-640-653293See all my reviews

The book, from which this film was made, is supposed to be autobiographical. However, reports in both the book and the film about the school are inaccurate. The headmistress would not have said that if the girl got married she wouldn't need to go to Oxford. It was expected that all the girls would go to university, and it was said that a good education was a benefit even if the girls got married. I do not believe any girl would have spoken to the headmistress in the way 'Jenny' did in the film. It is inconceivable that any girl could have been on such familiar terms with her. In the film, the headmistress reminds Jenny about 'the Jews killing Our Lord'. The headmistress would never have said that. Apart from legally compulsory Christian assembly, religion played virtually no part in the school. Unfortunately, this fictional line has been used in these reviews as an illustration of supposed widespread 'anti-semitism', for which I saw no evidence at the time. Unfortunately the headmistress is no longer alive so cannot correct this. It is not acceptable to make a film about real events and then make things up. It shows the folly of taking feature films as any representation of historical fact, though unfortunately English schools do so.


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