Director: Lone Scherfig Screenplay: Lynn Barber, Nick Hornby Cast: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike Time: 100min Age Restriction: 13M
I must admit, I sat down to watch An Education with slight trepidation. After seeing the trailer, I thought Carey Mulligan (who plays Jenny Mellor, the lead character) might begin to annoy me, but in fact, the film was a pleasant surprise.
An Education is an edgy and witty coming-of-age story set in 1961. The screenplay was written by the ironic Nick Hornby, who adapted it from a memoir by Lynn Barber. Jenny is a 16-year-old schoolgirl living a life designed to get her into Oxford University. That all changes when she meets David (Peter Sarsgaard), an older man who shows her a different side to life, along with his two friends, Danny (Dominic Cooper) and Helen (Rosamund Pike).
An Education challenges one to question doing life the way its always been done and to live purposefully, with eyes wide open.