An Education

An Education

DVD - 2009
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In the early 1960s, 16-year-old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in a London suburb. She is smart, pretty, and working toward her goal of being accepted into Oxford. Her life will take a big turn when she meets David, a man twice her age. Now she must decide if she will pursue an education at Oxford, or if she will choose to learn all that a charismatic, older man can teach her.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2009
ISBN: 9781435993082
Branch Call Number: EDU
Characteristics: 1 dvd (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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elSev3n
Dec 18, 2015

It was ok. I didn't hate it.

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Nursebob
Nov 15, 2015

There are no shortcuts to happiness and in director Lone Scherfig’s disarmingly breezy coming-of-age story one adolescent girl’s first brush with romance will cost her more than she had bargained. Everyone remembers their first big crush and Scherfig captures that magical time with bright colours, awkward silences, and a soundtrack of timeless pop tunes. There is an innocent eroticism to Jenny’s ongoing seduction and Sarsgaard plays the waggish older man to perfection. More than a simple teen love story however, Scherfig examines the generation gap with warm candour balancing Jenny’s wide-eyed enthusiasm for life with the more dampened outlooks of her female teachers (a short yet vital walk-on by Emma Thompson) and the constant aura of disappointment exuded by her mother. Not the deepest film on the subject, but well-written and easy on the senses. The cast is nice to look at too.

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ThomasJWhiting
Oct 31, 2015

Took a bit to get me in, but I did watch to the end.

Glad they included the smoking warning along with the PG warning before the film - those Brits do seem to continue to love their tobacco!

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0cho
Jul 27, 2015

I enjoyed the first half of this movie and then once you find out who David really is and how it doesn’t bother Jenny made me dislike this movie. Also the ending is so weak, she gets to taste the good life and go to Oxford too??? Come on….

Quimeras Nov 20, 2014

This period piece has good acting and cinematography, but the tale of a young woman seduced by an older man is nothing new. I just wasn’t that interested.

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molly
Oct 16, 2014

Wonderful movie which I saw some time ago.....and where I took note of
Rosamond Pike who is now a lead in Gone Girl.

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ashleysears
Aug 06, 2014

I liked this movie. This would be the second time I watched it, as the first time I caught it on tv but didn't know the name. It's amazing how we can only see what we want to sometimes.

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SusannahElf
Dec 12, 2013

I love Carey Mulligan! She really lifts this movie up out of a fairly mundane plot. All the performances are wonderful and the ending completely satisfies. It also offers a glimpse into early feminism as this bright talented young woman realizes that, whatever path she decides to follow,everyone's assumption is that her final destination is marriage or a dreary career teaching other young women whose final destination is.... A really interesting movie.

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LadySugar
Nov 01, 2013

dealing with real issues, which is important but I thought this movie was not entertaining in the least..i used Fast forward many times

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ottawabooknerd
Aug 25, 2013

Surprisingly good movie.

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nadian Aug 05, 2012

Jenny: It's not enough to educate us anymore Ms. Walters. You've got to tell us why you're doing it.

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bdls206
Apr 17, 2011

Jenny: One of the boys I dated, and they were boys, suggested that we go to Paris and I said I'd always wanted to see Paris. As if I'd never been!

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bdls206
Apr 17, 2011

Miss Stubbs: You seem to be old and wise.
Jenny: I feel old. But not very wise.

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bdls206
Apr 17, 2011

Jenny: [Jenny's thoughts on sex ] It's funny though, isn't it? All that poetry and all those songs, about something that lasts no time at all.

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bdls206
Apr 17, 2011

Jenny: I don't want to lose my virginity to a piece of fruit.

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heatherwinks Oct 18, 2012

Carrie Mulligan, a smart prep-school girl, is drawn in by an older man and gets a crashcourse in life outside the classroom when he whisks her away on exotic vacations and adventures. She throws away her dream of going to Oxford when he proposes to her. When she finds out that her fiance already has a wife and a son the dazzling candy-coated exterior of their relationship melts away.

You can't live your life completely in the system (in this case academia) but neither is it wise to try to escape from it completely either. It's the amalgamation of our experiences both in the classroom and in pur relationships that make up a ful education.The way we learn from the ups & downs of life is the truest form of education.

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bdls206
Apr 17, 2011

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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bdls206
Apr 17, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 17, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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