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Review of Educating Rita by Willy Russel and its themes With tonights movie Educating Rita Id kind of like to make a case for a strong sub-genre within the major film genres and thats the school genre I think weve got so many movies about school simply because we all have such strong memories and feelings about that time in our lives Now the sub-genre consists of a lot of little conventions For example it seems like English and Math are the subjects that most appear in this sub-genre It seems to be the kind of subjects that students continue to be the most afraid of Weve also got the inspiring teacher convention with movies like Goodbye Mr Chips and To Sir With Love things like that And weve got the unruly students Essentially the diamonds in the rough Theyve got great potential but they have to be moulded or shaped somehow And we get a very large range in this sub-genre We have light comedies like Summer School and serious movies like Lean on Me What its all about though is socialization and accommodation How do these students learn to get along in the real world In a lot of ways thats what movies are essentially about Trying to teach us how to accommodate or socialize ourselves into the larger structures we exist in This movie is about how the class struggle comes to the classroom Youd think that England would be an ideal place to talk about class struggle in the school system But when you look at other movies in this teacher sub-genre we see that there are ghettos in the US where this class system is still in place as much as Americans and Canadians for that fact might not want to admit it What weve got is a bit of a retelling of the story of Pygmalion you know My Fair Lady all that sort of thing Where we have
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