Genres: Art/Foreign, Drama, Romance, Adaptation and Teen
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Release Date: October 9th, 2009 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking.
Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by: Lone Scherfig
JJ Rating: C-
Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is a know-it-all teenager who knows it all the way through the film and blames everyone but herself for whatever trouble she pours all over herself. She falls for David (Peter Sarsgaard) who is WAY older than her. They gallivant around while she starts to slack off with school and then stops all together. Good decision making? What teenage girl makes good decisions about love? An Education.
I cannot stand when the teenager is the know-it-all and they are not set straight or at all remorseful for their actions. Some people will argue that she did show remorse and I’ll argue that that weak thing they call remorse is nothing more than self pity and that’s not good enough. The lack of appreciation that Jenny had for anyone that had been in her life for longer than a span of five seconds was pathetic. Don’t even get me started on how in incredibly pretentious girls are with who one dates or likes.
An Education is an obnoxious story that is so clichéd it’s funny. Any TV show has presented this story line countless times and far better than this movie has done and with far less annoying characters. Peter Sarsgaard was not at all charming as the character needed to be. He was creepy charming. Mulligan is nominated for an Oscar and that’s just ridiculous and a waste of a nomination because I don’t see why she was singled out as good enough when there are other actresses that are far better than this who did not get nominated. They might as well have nominated Meryl Streep again. She does do a good job and there are a few scenes where her character is not annoying but an Oscar nod? It is not worth that.
There are some good moments that have to do with a birthday party, a reveal, a question to the headmistress at school and a few others. But because An Education is bogged down with clichéd writing, boring story and nothing unique to have it stand out in anyone’s memory it became worse than an after school special. ‘My So Called Life’ had better drama and characters in one episode than this film does the entire way through.
I could not watch An Education again. I wouldn’t want to see it again. If she wins the Oscar I will cry. If this film wins much of anything I will cry. I don’t know why it’s titled An Education when I don’t think any character learned much of anything aside from how to be boring. *yawn*
What have I learned from An Education? That having an only child almost greatness having a spoiled brat and that girls are just a bunch of blamers.
Someone at IMDB stated that why can’t American filmmakers learn from French filmmakers. I rolled my eyes at such a lame comment. If this is the standard that they believe is a good film then they haven’t seen many films or they are a terribly boring person. An Education is not worth your “ooh I am going to watch Oscar nominated films today” time.