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This review is from: An Education [DVD]  (DVD)
I did enjoy this film greatly, but couldn't quite get past one obvious flaw.
Wonderful actress as Carey Mulligan certainly is, she's several years older than the 16-turning 17-year-old that Jenny is - and it shows. Much of this is down to the script and, presumably, the direction.
I know Jenny is supposed to be a self-possessed young lady, but even so she is just too poised and immediately comfortable in the company of the much older, far more urbane David and his two friends. Even in the early stages, when she is still make-up free and slightly frumpy, her personality is incredibly assured.
Bright as Jenny is, surely this schoolgirl from Twickenham (who at the start of the film seems to be accepting the attentions of a shy, immature young man her own age) would have been just a little more gauche.