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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 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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In the early 1960's, sixteen-year-old Jenny Mellor (Carey Mulligan) lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father Jack's (Alfred Molina'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 him. 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 (Matthew Beard), who is nice, but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard), 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 (Dominic Cooper) and Helen (Rosamund Pike), have shown her, and Jenny and David's ... Written by Huggo

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Innocence of the Young.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

This movie marks the first time in his fifteen-year career that Peter Sarsgaard received top billing. He had been attached to this movie for several years. See more »

Goofs

When Jenny invites David to the concert, she indicates that the composer is Elgar. David replies, "I'm afraid Elgar and the Jews don't get along". This may imply either Jews don't like Elgar (hard to prove) or that Elgar was anti-Semitic. However there is no evidence of Elgar being anti-semitic, in fact from Elgar's biography - "1933 Flies to Paris to conduct performance of the Violin Concerto with Yehudi Menuhin (with whom he recorded it the previous year); visits the paralyzed Delius; writes of his dismay at Hitler's anti-Semitic policies in Germany;". This does not appear to be an error - it is simply Goldman's opinion of Elgar, perhaps formed by Jewish acquaintances who do not like Elgar. 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

Comin' Home Baby
Written by Bob Dorough and Benjamin Tucker
Performed by Mel Tormé
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My 313th Review: A good Chaucerian cautionary tale with a very significant debut by one Carey Mulligan
2 February 2010 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

With excellent acting and excellent visuals this is a good film, as a Chaucerian cautionary tale, or a retake on Congreve, it succeeds in buckets. But more even than the excellent script by Nick Hornsby is a marvellous performance by Carey Mulligan.

It tackles what is an incredibly sensitive subject, more so today than even in its setting, the relationship between a teenager and an older man, with definite aplomb. What could have been either an anachronistic script filled with moral sensibilities that didn't surface in 1961 or a cheap and tawdry sensationalist production is handled with verve, humour, and brings both the wonder of first love and the seductive ability of that love to steer lives in directions we'd rather not go out in ways that work very well indeed.

Carey Mulligan has more than a touch of sensibility about her and is, obviously, the more mature, yet still a naive genué - her performance is to be admired for its ability to not switch characters but rather hold a fast course that is totally believable. I seriously cannot think of any debut in the past 20 years that has this weight. Like Taylor in National Velvet or Johnny Mill's daughter in Whistle Down the Wind you just know you are watching something very special indeed.

All the parts are very well written by Nick Hornsby and what we get is both complex and light, a witty drama with depth that truly evokes the post-Suez and Macmillan era; Britain before the Beatles but a Britain full of a generation who didn't wanted to be reminded of rationing and the Blitz, who were searching to get away from the drudgery of a boring job-for-life that was killing their parents by degrees.

While there are moments of real unease, not surprisingly given the subject matter, there is nothing to not recommend about this: it is thoughtful, funny, intriguing, and marks the start of a significant career for Carey Mulligan who will certainly become one of the leading British actresses of her generation.


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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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2.35 : 1
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