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Overall D+

Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is a young girl with dreams of going to university and developing her talents-- or at least that is the plan her father (Alfred Molina) has in mind. But when she meets David (Peter Sarsgaard), a playboy who is handsome, rich and nearly twice her age, she decides to follow the path he offers. Her choice leads to a very different kind of education.

Violence B+
Sexual Content D+
Profanity B-
Substance Use C-

Talk to your kids about…

An Education

From the beginning it appears David is using Jenny. Why? In what ways is she also using him?

Jenny’s parents and teachers encourage her to “work hard” so she can go to University, where she will “work hard” to eventually graduate, so she can get a job and “work hard.” Why does their plan seem boring to her? Jenny defiantly questions the point of it all. If you were to counsel this teen, how would you answer her queries?

When things eventually go badly, whom does Jenny blame? How much of the responsibility is theirs? How much is hers?

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