I can’t remember when I first saw a preview for “An Education”.   I’m sure I was getting ready to watch another independent / foreign film and instead of fast forwarding through the trailers, I let them roll and paid attention much to the chagrin of those I was watching the movie with, since I’m the only one who legitimately seems to enjoy watching previews.  This movie is a prime example of why I enjoy watching trailers, as otherwise I mightn’t have ever seen An Education.

And I’m very glad I did.

As the plot’s essentially a coming-of-age story about a 16 year old girl, I don’t expect that many guys would think it would be interesting, but there’s far more than meets the eye.  The issues Carey Mulligan deals with are only slightly due to the fact that she has “lady bits”.  She deals with an education system in Britain which she doesn’t really see the point in (partially because of the way the teachers and her parents talk about her role as a woman in society, but again, that’s a very small part of the movie). 

The main crux of the film centers on her relationship with the much older man, portrayed excellently by Peter Sarsgaard, and a pair of his friends who have enough money to give her a glimpse at the aspects of society which her parents are largely unaware of for various reasons.

I’m not entirely sure how to recommend this movie.  If your favorite actors are Slyvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham or any of the other people from The Expendables, skip it.  Chances are that you skipped this article if that’s the case.

If you weren’t turned off by the idea that this is a coming-of-age story where the main character is a woman, you like good dialogue and you don’t shy away from Matt Damon movies and you don’t need any violence to enjoy a film, I’d say this movie would be a good evening filler on a night where you don’t need comedy or action in a film.  I wouldn’t say this is going to win any of my end-of-year awards for the movies I’ve seen, but I will say that I put Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard on my list of folks whose movies I want to see more of.

The last thing I’ll say is that this is definitely not a chick flick, and if your lady friend wants a chick flick, you should have her rent this.  It won’t ruin your evening.


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