Review: An Education

“An Education” is a coming of age story  set in 1960s London, about a teenage girl whose life changes when she meets a well to do gentleman twice her age. After introducing her to world of privilege and luxury, everything that she has worked toward is put in jeopardy as she goes against the wishes of her teacher and headmistress, and falls in love with him. It is an education indeed. An education of life, love, heartbreak, and all the things we want but can’t have.

Carey Mulligan gives an Oscar worthy performance as Jenny, a young girl who is  pressured by her father to get into Oxford and date a suitable young man so she can excel in life. Her performance is believable without being over the top and believable in a way that allows you to connect with her. Peter Sarsgaard also shines as David, the mysterious playboy who changes Jenny’s view about life. Always a chameleon, Sarsgaard once again proves how versatile yet underrated he is as an actor. I wish there were more roles for him because he wins me over every time with his subtlety and attention to detail for every character that he portrays.

Other standouts include Alfred Molina, as Mulligan’s pushy father and brief cameos by Sally Hawkins and Emma Thompson.

Simply put, “An Education” is a great film. It’s never boring and never over done, it’s just right. The buzz around this film is well deserved and it’s a sort of coming out party for Carey Mulligan.  If you enjoy simplicity, witty humor, and great acting then “An Education” is right up your alley.

My Grade: 7.5/10

Movie Stats:

Directed by: Lone Scherfig

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Dominic Cooper, Rosemund Pike, and Olivia Williams

Runtime: 95 min

Rating: PG-13



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