An Education details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Peter Sarsgaard, Cara Seymour, Emma Thompson, Olivia Williams, Carey Mulligan, Rosamund Pike, Matthew Beard, Dominic Cooper, Alfred Molina, Sally Hawkins|
|Collections:||Best of 2010, Top 2009, Top 400 All-Time Rentals, Top Drama|
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 Mar 2010|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Carey Mulligan's breakthrough role as Jenny has her tipped for Oscar success...
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Surprisingly excellent! Shame about the title of the movie!By a customer from SW London , 30 Oct 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]If you're craving to watch a movie of substances with a superb storyline and excellent actors, then you need to watch this movie.While the movie title is unimaginative, the movie is so much better.It's the coming of age movie of a young pretty, promising girl in the 60's.Caught between her demanding father's plans for her to go to Oxford and the exciting grown up world of classical music concerts and supper clubs that her older boyfriend introduces her to, she is faced with some hard decisions on which road she needs to follow.What I really liked about this movie is how perceptive and intelligent Jenny is (Carey Mulligan), more so than her insecure, over demanding parents. Clearly times have changed (and thank goodness) because these days a 30 something man pursuing a 16 year old would be looked at as a paedophile stalking a young woman, but in the movie, her father didn't seem to mind at all,in actual fact he seemed to have been only too eager that his child be courted by this older man, for the simple fact that this bloke claimed to know CS Lewis!!!.No questions asked. Being young, bright and pretty, Jenny wanted to know that her life wasn't going to be a continuous sameness that she sees in her parents life. But when temptation comes her way, and what seems like gold, is not all that, Jenny comes to the realisation that in life you cannot take shortcuts and cram everything you think is exciting before you are ready. Brilliant!Cannot recommend it enough, it is a must see!
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Good British cinemaBy Fitz42 (161 reviews) from Darwen , 15 Aug 2012A difficult subject to portray without feeling seedy, but done perfectly and very well made. Young naivety being exploited by a confidence trickster, set against a backdrop of upper class society versus working class values , with some clever and subtle humour. Well worth a watch.
Beautifully Shot RubbishBy AuntySocialite (64 reviews) from Llareggub, Cymru , 12 Aug 2012The first sign of a bad film is usually a good-looking but rubbish actor in the lead role. In this case, it is a very talented American actor who attempts the type of English accent never heard in England anymore, unless a Tory politician is lying on the news. And he doesnt do it very well. Wasnt Tom Burke available? (I reckon he turned it down.)
Here the cream of English acting talent is completely wasted in a threadbare storyline with no surprises: will she go to college, wont she, who gives a monkeys? Carey Mulligan in the other lead role trying to affect moodiness through smoking, even Sobranies, doesnt make you care; the 100 minute film is too long by about 95.
How can a film with Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams, Matthew Beard, and the usually brilliant Saarsgard end up such a clichéd, tiresome drag? It even, despite some lovely cinematography, manages to make Paris look boring. The one bright spot is Emma Thompsons sharp, acerbic turn as Mulligans headmistress; the nightmare that must be teaching know-it-all children is brilliantly encapsulated in her performance.
If you want a coming-of-age film, there are many others you can watch that do it with wit, humour, and freshness. An Education is meant to be Oxbridge porn for Americans who dream of punting down the Thames. But it comes across as up the proverbial without a paddle. Avoid.
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Great cinemaBy SHH66 (10 reviews) from Peterborough , 08 Aug 2012Utterly enjoyable, great soundtrack, superb acting by Carey...loved it.
Wanted to see this at the cinema but glad waited as watched it twice before returning.. a joy
An educationBy a customer , 27 Jul 2012I recommend this film. The plot is gripping and it deals with complex issues intelligently and entertainingly. The acting is excellent.
Uncomfortable viewing at timesBy seatraveller2002 (15 reviews) from Eastleigh , 18 Jul 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis film, for me, left one feeling very uneasy.
A young teenager being pursued by a married man made for uncomfortable viewing particularly when the parents encourage the relationship!
I guess it was the acceptability of the 1960's and as such this film was merely portraying this fact.
Well acted and well cast.
It captured the decade very well. Recommended viewing.