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DVD Review: An Education

March 30, 2010

An Education – A Sony Pictures Classics’ Release

http://www.sonyclassics.com/aneducation/

DVD Release Date: March 30th, 2010

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

 

Running time: 100 minutes

 

Lone Scherfig (dir.)

 

Lynn Barber (memoir)

Nick Hornby (screenplay)

 

Paul Englishby (music)

 

Carey Mulligan as Jenny

Olivia Williams as Miss Stubbs

Alfred Molina as Jack

Cara Seymour as Marjorie

Matthew Beard as Graham

Peter Sarsgaard as David

 

Our reviews below:

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An Education DVD Review By John C.

**** (out of 4)

Peter Sarsgaard plays an older man who seduces a teenage girl, Jenny (played by excellent newcomer Carey Mulligan) with the world of high culture in An Education.  Sarsgaard gives such a great performance, as even the audience is at first fooled, although we clearly know something’s not right.  The story is smart and funny, and has a great twist that I didn’t see coming.

 

Carey Mulligan gives an excellent, breakout performance as Jenny.  At just 24 years old, the young actress is able to seamlessly make the transition from pretty schoolgirl to beautiful young lady, without ever missing a beat – she’s going to be a star.  Alfred Molina plays her father, and perhaps the best scene in the film comes from one between them, though they are separated by a closed door.  Very deserving of its Oscar nomination for Best Picture, An Education is quite simply a wonderful film and one of the best of last year.  My affection for this one simply grows upon another viewing.

 

The DVD includes audio commentary with director Lone Scherfig, and actors Mulligan and Sarsgaard, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and a featurette about the red carpet experience.

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An Education DVD Review By Erin V.

***3/4 (out of 4)

I didn’t like this film as much as some did, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.  Watching it again, now on DVD, I did like the film far better than I had the first time in theatres.  The film definitely rides on the brilliant performance of Carey Mulligan as Jenny, for which she was nominated for Best Actress.

 

Although I found it slightly slow moving – less so watching it the second time around – it is still paced well.  I’d recommend it for the acting, which is strong on all fronts, but also for the quiet change of pace, and the classic look and sound the film has.  The story is told in a beautiful way as the character of Jenny finds out what she really wants.  Garnering a spot on the nomination list for Best Picture, it is a good one, and I’d say overall is surely worth checking out.

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An Education DVD Review By Nicole

**** (out of 4)

Nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture, An Education is an interesting and engaging film.  Taking place in 1960s England, this film follows Jenny, a 16-year-old girl who thinks she is an adult.  Her naiveté leads her to be lured in by David, an older, 30 something man who not only has Jenny eating out of the palm of his hand, but her parents as well.  Only in time does Jenny realize that David is not the man he claims to be.

 

An Education has the feel of a classic film.  Despite the subject matter, there is no nudity in here and very little language.  The acting is also believable.  Carey Mulligan is perfect as the innocent and naive Jenny, and Peter Sarsgaard captures just the right balance of superficial charm and subtle creepiness in David.  Paul Englishby’s quiet underscore captures these two characters and their interactions well.  This is a well made movie, that is worth owning on DVD.

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An Education DVD Review By Maureen

**** (out of 4)

An Education is a classy, well-made film, worthy of its three Oscar nominations.  Set in 1961, England, it tells the story of 16-year-old Jenny (Carey Mulligan), a bright promising student and her coming of age with a charming older man, David (Peter Sarsgaard).

 

The acting in An Education is superb.  Carey Mulligan is brilliant as the naive and worldly Jenny.  Peter Sarsgaard is charmingly creepy as David, the older man who manages to both charm and deceive Jenny and her parents.  The rest of the cast also give solid performances.  This is the type of film that benefits from more than one viewing, and those who enjoy classic, intelligent and well-made movies will want to add An Education to their collection.

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An Education DVD Review By Tony

**** (out of 4)

On the surface, An Education is a banal story of a brilliant 1960s schoolgirl (Carey Mulligan) corrupted by a smooth-talking thirty-something rogue (Peter Sarsgaard) in a Bristol 405*.  With loving depiction of the period to the finest detail, a spot-on script and fine cast including Alfred Molina as her militantly middle class father, Olivia Williams as a very uptight teacher, and brief appearances by Emma Thompson and Sally Hawkins, it is a pleasure to watch from beginning to end.

 

*The Bristol 405 was an aluminum-bodied car with a 2L BMW engine built in the mid-1950s by a firm that formerly produced aircraft for both world wars.  Only 265 were made.

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Consensus: Featuring a breakout performance from Carey Mulligan, An Education is an incredibly well acted, sharply written and quite simply wonderful film that was very deserving of its recent awards recognition. **** (Out of 4)

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