Educating Rita

Movie review by Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media
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age 14+

Class-based dramedy with strong female lead and language.

PG 1983 110 minutes

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age 10+

Reaaaalllly boring!

Please dont waiste your time or money on this boring movie.
age 14+

More interesting message than the main article suggests

Whilst following your dreams is always an admirable thing, I think there is a more interesting message in this movie is a lot more subtle and subversive. ‘Rita’ feels trapped by the expectations of her working class background, and idolises the bourgeoisie intellectuals she encounters at her university. It’s only over the course of the movie that she realises they are as trapped by the expectations of their own social class as she was in hers. ‘Rita’ ends up the most empowered character because she has independence and choice. I found that a really fascinating idea. The film is a little dated, the music is particularly jarring, and the third quarter is a bit rambling but the performances remain fantastic and the ideas remain fresh, relevant and surprising as ever.

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