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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.



(memoir), (screenplay)
3,605 ( 174)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 35 wins & 91 nominations. See more awards »





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


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


Innocence of the Young.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enseñanza de vida  »


Box Office


£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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The author of the original account, Lynn Barber stipulated in her contract that she would be allowed to see and comment (but not alter) every draft written by the screenwriter, Nick Hornby. She mentioned that she was happy with most of the changes, but her one regret was that Hornby changed the name of her lover, Simon, to David, which was her real husband's name. She stated that "I wish in retrospect I'd put up a fight". See more »


In the street scene where Jenny meets David for the second time, a number of modern staple-shaped bicycle racks can been seen along the pavement. See more »


[first lines]
Miss Stubbs: Come on, girls. Anybody?
Miss Stubbs: Anybody else?
Miss Stubbs: Jenny again.
Jenny: Isn't it because Mr. Rochester's blind?
Miss Stubbs: Yes, Jenny.
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Featured in The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009) See more »


Theme from 'A Summer Place'
Written by Max Steiner
Performed by Percy Faith
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Lovely but easy
1 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is an altogether lovely film. It begins with nice title sequence and then introduces Carey Mulligan who gives a remarkable performance.

Many have said Oscar worthy. I wouldn't say that. Her appearance is mesmerizing and fresh, but I don't think it is an Oscar performance or even an Oscar-worthily written role. Mullingan plays a 16 year old girl who is very smart, literate, charming, but not experienced yet, and she plays it with great self-confidence, which goes unrealistically with her youth. And there isn't much else than confidence and serenity in this performance. I wasn't convinced. I hope Carey Mulligan gets nominated though.

The movie itself is okay, watchable but it didn't challenge me enough. It lacks freshness. It's very Hornby-like. I know he only adapted a memoir here. But the material is similarly uninspiring to his however lovely books and movies based on them. What's the message here? That appearance can be deceiving and that education is a good choice. Well, yes. So I would say a decent juvenile film with good performances from just everybody.

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