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COLUMBIA PICTURES TRISTAR HOME VIDEO, RATED PG, CC, COLOR, APPROX. 111 MINUTES
Michael Caine and the knockout Julie Walters deliver a pair of wonderful performances in this endearingly bittersweet tale of a boozily burnt-out professor's tutoring of (and subsequent tutoring by) a free-spirited cockney hairdresser determined to improve her lot in life. The basic plot won't exactly surprise anyone who's ever seen a movie before, but the ace cast (particularly Caine, who's rarely this subtle) continually finds new directions to spin off from the rather rote path. Although the end result is perhaps just a little too convinced of its own adorability to attain classic status, this remains a rarity in the genre--a feel-good film that earns its emotions honestly. A nice change of pace for director Lewis Gilbert, who is perhaps better known for his contributions to the James Bond series. --Andrew Wright
Top Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful showcase for the talented Julie Walters, who carries the film on her young and petite shoulders. She is dazzling and thoroughly likeable and every word spoken in her thick Liverpool accent rings honest and true. Caine lets her shine by downplaying Frank, who is hopelessly morose and more than a bit lazy. Both were rightly nominated for best acting Oscars.
The inevitable transformation/ improvement of both characters is sweet and uplifting without being overly-sentimental. Walters, best known these days as the matronly Mrs. Weasley, is quite young and attractive and lights up the screen with her charisma. Recommended.
But no, this movie is not what you would "typically" expect that storyline to be like. The feel of the movie is very play like -- fans of Glengarry or Death of a Salesman or movies of such ilk would immediately identify.
Had this film been made in the glam throes of Hollywood, Rita and Frank would have hit the sack within two scenes of meeting each other (and it would have been graphic, of course), then realized they were in love, followed by the inevitable obstacle to their relationship (probably a misunderstanding or rival for affections), finally ending up with them overcoming all. Every character and plot point would have been telegraphed well in advance. "Educating Rita" does none of this. There are no graphic sex scenes (or any sex scenes for that matter), no grand pronouncements of love, no cliche cliffhangers or deaths in icy seas. Instead, the story portrays Rita and Frank in a very realistic, human manner. As the story unfolds, we watch as they grow as individuals which causes their friendship to become richer.Read more ›
Although this movie is touching and romantic, it also has plenty of humor. Caine's wife's and her boyfriend's attempts at covering up their affair is absolutely hilarious including a running joke that had me in stitches. The bittersweet ending should be good for a sniffle or two. I heartily recommend this movie.
Most recent customer reviews
I absolutely love this movie and finally bought this DVD. Even though I love it, my adult age grandchildren don't quite, feel the same as I do. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Unique
all in all good except for a brief moment when it lost soundPublished 9 months ago by Christine Wood
What a great movie and came within a short time. Only wish you had Shirley Valentine on DVD at a reasonable price as well !!Published on Jan. 4 2013 by Parisian Penny
DVD was in mint condition when I received. Came exactly as expected. The movie is well done and is comedic at times. Good for a laugh.Published on March 23 2012 by dh92
Educating Rita was introduced to me when practice teaching in a grade 12 Religion class. It was used to illustrate the necessity of exploring oneself in order to find true... Read morePublished on March 15 2010 by D. Zuber
At last this wonderful film comes out on DVD. I have waited so long for this moment. This is a film that looks good, sounds good and has too many memorable moments to mention. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2006
Julie Walters and Michael Caine are brilliant in this timeless comedy. The plot avoids the all too easy romantic angle to show the empowering aspect of education in a woman's life. Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by Leslie Scoopmire
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