an education

Don’t be turned off by the “older man/ingenue” plot. Carey Mulligan, as lead character Jenny Mellor is far to clever to get lead down the wrong path, at least for two long. Whip smart, but bored by her teachers and friends at high school, Jenny falls in with a playboy twice her age when she should be focusing on getting into Oxford. The appeal of this grifter, his friends, champagne, and London is too much and Jenny starts cutting class and even hoodwinking her parents into letting her go to Paris with her new beau. Snappy writing by Nick Hornby and a sparkling performance by Carey Mulligan make this film an extremely watchable coming of age story. [UK, 2009]

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