Educating Rita

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Released 1983

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Educating Rita

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Director:
Lewis Gilbert
Released:
1983
Rating:
PG
Educating Rita is a feel-good movie from 1983 about the story of Rita White (Julie Walters). As a hairdresser, Rita strives to better her life by returning to school to earn a degree. A professor at the school, Dr. Frank Bryant (Michael Caine) is a depressed English teacher looking to switch careers. He becomes an alcoholic after his wife leaves him. However, his world gets flipped upside down when Rita winds up in his class. Only looking for an education to open up more opportunity in her life, Rita begins working one-on-one with Dr. Bryant. Both people begin feeling better and the relationship between the two blossoms. The only catch is that they each want what the other has. Frank wants Rita as she is and Rita wants the success that Frank has. This romantic British flick directed by Lewis Gilbert takes a realistic perspective leaving the viewer satisfied with the result.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Variety

    Aided greatly by an expert film adaptation by its playwright, Willy Russell, Gilbert has come up with an irresistible story about a lively, lower-class British woman hungering for ...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Educating Rita, which might have been a charming human comedy, disintegrated into a forced march through a formula relationship.

  • 30

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    The essentially two-character play has been opened up to the point that it includes a variety of settings and subordinate figures, but it never approaches anything lifelike.

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    Categories

    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy