Coming-of-age films usually center on young men losing their virginity, and finding out the world is a rough and difficult place that forces them to discover who they really are in order to make their place in it. An Education
is an excellent coming-of-age tale, and by having a young woman at its center it stands out from this heavily populated genre.
It’s London in 1961, and intelligent, attractive, ambitious, 16-year-old Jenny (Carey Mulligan) studies hard hoping to earn a scholarship to Oxford. Pushed by her penny-pinching father, Jack (Alfred Molina), Jenny studies her Latin, but she’s so eager to escape her current circumstances that she needs v...