Educating Rita
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A trio of Oscar nominations and a pair of Golden Globes went to this acclaimed romantic comedy-drama based on the play by Willy Russell. Julie Walters stars as Rita, a witty, 26-year-old working class British hairdresser who decides to seek an education at Open University. Rita needs a tutor, and she selects Dr. Frank Bryant (Michael Caine), an alcoholic college literature professor whose life is a shambles. Divorced, Bryant's new lover is now having an affair with his best friend and he's increasingly depressed, seeking solace in whisky. Bryant's domestic turmoil is mirrored by… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Inspired by Pygmalion and other works about mentor-pupil troubled/rewarding interaction, Lewis Gilbert's film is too theatrical, betraying its origins, but it's elevated by sparkling performances from Michael Caine and paricularly newcomer Julie Walters"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Lewis Gilbert has taken a two-person play from stage to screen and cracked it open"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Michael Caine is perfect."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Comedy with romantic touches that manages to be appealing and moving."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"...a thoughtful thematic treatise on cultivation and learning and a charming character study of two lost souls from different worlds finding a common need in one another."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Probes the transformations that take place in the relationship between a rumpled professor and a hairdresser who wants him to tutor her in literature."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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