We really hope that Carey Mulligan never gets a chance to see The Blind Side. Sandra Bullock may have won the best actress Oscar, but after seeing this Sixties-set coming-of-age story, it’s clear the Brit newcomer was the victim of a robbery. Her 16-year-old Jenny is a little smarter than everyone else at school, and bored to death growing up in a drab London suburb. Then along comes an older charmer in a sporty motorcar, ready to whisk her off to exciting nightclubs, country jaunts and even a trip to Paris—the city of every young intellectual’s dreams. Jenny is ready to give up pursuing her studies, but David, played by Peter Sarsgaard, has many secrets to hide. In a strong cast, father Alfred Molina and Bond girl Rosamund Pike are also stand-outs. The sharp script is by High Fidelity author Nick Hornby.
Extras: Commentary from Mulligan, Sarsgaard and director Lone Scherfig; deleted scenes; two featurettes.
– By C. Bottomley
Check out our EXCLUSIVE DVD bonus clip above, wherein Mulligan discusses what it was like, as a 22-year-old, playing a 16-year-old girl.