An Education

{4.5/5} “Knowing a famous author is better than becoming one. It shows you’re connected.”

An Education, released in 2009

Jenny is a 16-year-old girl in Britain in 1961. An older guy named David shows an interest in her and sweeps her off her feet. David is able to trick her parents into letting her spend time with him. He takes her to concerts, auctions, fancy restaurants, and even to Paris. Why should she waste time studying if she can do all these fun things?

What direction do we want our life to take? What choices do we have? Difficult questions at any age but at 16 you don’t necessarily know everything you need to know in order to make this kind of decision. The people around you — friends, parents, teachers — can be a good influence or a bad influence. There have been lots of coming-of-age movies but this one is different than any I’ve seen and it’s very well scripted and acted.

Carey Mulligan is wonderful as Jenny — I’ll be watching for her in other movies. Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) plays Jenny’s well-meaning but old-fashioned father. Olivia Williams (the TV show Dollhouse), Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day), and Emma Thompson (Stranger Than Fiction) have smaller roles. The movie was directed by Lone Scherfig (Italian For Beginners).

I love the music that plays during the opening credits — it’s “On the Rebound” by Floyd Cramer.

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