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Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 179 Ratings

Summary: In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford.
Runtime: 100 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking.
Production: BBC Films
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Languages: English, French
Home Release Date: Mar 30, 2010
Director Credit
Lone Scherfig Director
Writer Credit
Lynn Barber Writer
Nick Hornby Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Alfred Molina Jack
Carey Mulligan Jenny
Peter Sarsgaard David
Cast Credit
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes Hattie
Bel Parker Small Girl
Cara Seymour Marjorie
Connor Catchpole Small Boy #2
Dominic Cooper Danny
Ellie Kendrick Tina
Kate DuchĂȘne Latin Teacher
Matthew Beard Graham
Nick Sampson Auctioneer
Olivia Williams Miss Stubbs
Rosamund Pike Helen
William Melling Small Boy #1
Producer Credit
Amanda Posey Producer
Caroline Levy Line Producer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Douglas Hansen Executive Producer
Finola Dwyer Producer
James D. Stern Executive Producer
Jamie Laurenson Executive Producer
Nick Hornby Executive Producer
Wendy Japhet Executive Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: