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Running Time:
1 hour, 35 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This clever, engaging British comedy is an unforgettable coming-of-age story with a dazzling performance by newcomer Carey Mulligan.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted Scenes; Commentary with Director Lone Scherfig and Actors Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard; The Making of An Education; Walking the Red Carpet.

David - Peter Sarsgaard
Jenny - Carey Mulligan
Jack - Alfred Molina
Danny - Dominic Cooper
Helen - Rosamund Pike
Miss Stubbs - Olivia Williams
Headmistress - Emma Thompson
Marjorie - Cara Seymour
Graham - Matthew Beard
Sarah - Sally Hawkins

An Education

In a London suburb in the 1960's, Jenny (Carey Mulligan "Pride and Pejudice") is a 16-year-old student full of promise with a dream of being accepted into Oxford next year. But suddenly David (Peter Sarsgaard "Kinsey"), a smooth, funny bloke rolls into her life driving a gorgeous maroon Bristol and soon has her out on the town at concerts and smart clubs rather than spending her time in her room listening to the French records she loves. 

David is a self-professed graduate of "the university of life," a man able to charm Jenny's parents into letting him squire their daughter around by flattering her demure mum (Cara Seymour "Hotel Rwanda") and connecting man-to-man with her father (Alfred Molina "The Hoax"), a loud, small-minded fellow for whom an outing to the West End is just as unthinkable as a trip to the moon. David persuades her parents to allow him to drive Jenny to Oxford for an overnight trip with his friends Danny (Dominic Cooper "The Duchess") and the gorgeous but fearsomely superficial Helen (Rosamund Pike "Die Another Day"). Sharing a room with his curious but properly wary date, David tries to nudge the relationship into something sexual, but he respectfully settles for something romantic for the time being.

Some suspicious business-dealings cast the first cloud over David, but what's most important for Jenny is that life is so much more exciting with him around. She even decides to celebrate her rapidly approaching 17th birthday by losing her virginity, preferably on a trip to Paris that David has suggested. Jenny's naivete and her blindness to what might really be going on eventually dawns on her, but when she finally realizes the full nature of her relationship, the good far outweighs the bad. And when she finally gets to Paris and puts up her hair, you could almost swear you're watching Audrey Hepburn skipping through those same streets 50 years ago.

As Jenny navigates her way in the big wide world of exciting, if devious, adults, every scene in this insightful adaptation by Nick Hornby ("About a Boy") of a memoir by British journalist Lynn Barber and directed by Lone Scherfig ("Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself"), sparkles with droll dialogue and wonderful characters such as Olivia Williams ("Peter Pan") as Jenny's prim English teacher and Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility") as a severe but wise headmistress. As both a portrait of low-level criminality and lower-middle-class insecurity, An Education is unique and unforgettable.

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