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An Education

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. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: D+
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: D+
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 100
Theater Release: 09 Oct 2009
Video Release: 30 Mar 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

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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