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Old 05-17-2010, 10:13 AM
 
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I know that Sandra Bullock is "America's Sweetheart," but she did not deserve the Oscar. Her accent was horrible and inconsistent. My cousins live in the same wealthy enclave of Memphis, and she sounded nothing like them. The Blindside was a "nice" movie, but not Oscar-worthy.

Carey delivered a far superior performance whose brilliance was in its subtlety.
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:45 AM
 
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I think he genuinely loved Jenny as much as an insecure and immature man can love a woman. I think most of all he admires her. I liked the fact that their affair is not portrayed as a case of predator versus victim. David needs to be loved but also to be looked up to I feel. Both characters were immensely appealing in completely different ways.

She is a true feminist because she does not deny her femininity and vulnerability but is also strong and resilient. She is seduced because she choses to be. She knows something is not quite right but her desire to explore her budding womanhood is stronger than her caution. I like Jenny immensely.

David could have been a bad caricature of a big bad wolf trying to deflower the young ingenue but I think he ends up the loser in the affair. Losing Jenny , the worst thing that could happen to a man (to lose a young woman like that).
I really related to her as well. I actually had a similar thing "almost" happen to me when I was 15... but I wasn't interested in him so it didn't go anywhere. Perhaps if he'd been as attractive & charming as our onscreen version....

I also often ignored my intuition at that age and through early college in favor of an adventure or a good time. Not playing it safe can be a great learning experience as well as lots of fun. I'm sure different now but not sorry for past choices. Thanks for the interesting insights.

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If you're a nerd, I guess I am too.
I watch with director's/actor's commentary all the time.
I love the behind the scenes stuff.
Just added this movie to my queue and put it at #1.
I love movies about strong women.
BWP, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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I know that Sandra Bullock is "America's Sweetheart," but she did not deserve the Oscar. Her accent was horrible and inconsistent. My cousins live in the same wealthy enclave of Memphis, and she sounded nothing like them. The Blindside was a "nice" movie, but not Oscar-worthy.

Carey delivered a far superior performance whose brilliance was in its subtlety.
I agree. The Blindside was a nice feel-good movie, but nothing Oscar worthy. That has been a very unpopular opinion the 3 times I have expressed it though! Just 'bout got my head torn off for it. And that was before I saw An Education!
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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The true story that "An Education" was based on: Lynn Barber on her liaison as a 16-year-old with an older man | Culture | The Observer
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Old 05-23-2010, 05:36 AM
 
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I really related to her as well. I actually had a similar thing "almost" happen to me when I was 15... but I wasn't interested in him so it didn't go anywhere. I also often ignored my intuition at that age and through early college in favor of an adventure or a good time. Not playing it safe can be a great learning experience as well as lots of fun. I'm sure different now but not sorry for past choices.
Same here, I often indulged in risky behavior.
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BWP, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
I did enjoy the film very much--still need to see the commentary, though.

Agree with what Moose says here:
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I do agree that David is almost child-like in his womanising ( not sure whether his wife would lie about his previous affairs, possibly I imagine) . I think he genuinely loved Jenny as much as an insecure and immature man can love a woman. I think most of all he admires her. I liked the fact that their affair is not portrayed as a case of predator versus victim. David needs to be loved but also to be looked up to.
Fleetiebelle, thanks for sharing that link.
According to Lynn Barber, she does feel some damage from her "education." However, she did fine at Oxford and looks to have led a happy and productive life.
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