An Education (2009)

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Alfred Molina, Emma Thompson

Directed by: Lone Scherfig

PG-13. 101 mins

An (almost too) simplistic and beautifully nuanced play on the tale of an older man winning the heart of a young gal. Thanks to Nick Hornby’s witty script and Mulligan’s enjoyable performance, An Education accurately displays the dangers of youthful cleverness. It isn’t perfect but benefits from the radiant performances and a vibrant portrait of 1960s England. Like the precocious young Jenny, audiences are sure to be humbled and all the wiser – * * * 1/2

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