Monday, February 15, 2010

Movie Review for 'An Education' - Rated PG13

Synopsis from IMDB: 

"Jenny (Carey Mulligan) a very bright girl on the cusp of her 17th birthday, finds herself in a whirlwind romance with the much older David (Peter Sarsgaard). Prior to meeting him, Jenny was working hard at secondary school to ensure getting to Oxford University. When she sees the lifestyle David can provide, one she never imagined could be hers, she's hooked and thoughts of Oxford are forgotten. Then, when things are looking pretty good for Jenny with the dashing (yet a little too smooth) David, the truth hits her like a ton of bricks. Jenny goes from being a bright eyed school girl and a sophisticated young lady, all the way back to questioning if she really knows who she is at all. 'An Education' won the Audience Choice award and the Cinematography award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival."

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Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking.

'An Education' is set in the early 1960's when women were establishing their roles in society, despite many obstacles. What struck me as the most interesting part if this film is the regard for women. No matter what, it seemed that the main character, Jenny, was highly intellectual and a prized student. Her father stressed an education at Oxford. When a man who appeared able to care for her came along everything changed. Jenny's father, in my opinion, sold his daughter short. He also sold his wife short in the process. 

The older man, younger woman relationship was only lightly displayed. Keeping things safe, not portraying any real passion, seemed the mode to take. Since the actors were of age, it seems that a little more on screen passion would have been fitting. This doesn't mean taking extreme measures to make this happen. There was not really a true kiss or any public displays of affection. Of course, there are reasons for this-to be found out later. 

I liked this movie. There were a couple of people who left the theatre but I don't know why. The ending was rather drifting, leaving some mystery best solved. While I would not buy the DVD I would watch it again.

Final results: Repeater YES Buyer NO

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1 comment:

  1. This one was a tough one. The end was chopped off and left the viewer hanging.
    I kept watching it, but was not sold on buying the DVD. NOT for children or youth.