History Theatre / EducatingRita

9th Dec '16 12:58:43 AM Tranquilled
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* StayInTheKitchen: Rita's husband doesn't think she should be learning, and tears up her homework when he finds where it is hidden.

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* StayInTheKitchen: Rita's husband doesn't think she should be learning, and tears up her homework in a pique of anger when he finds where it is hidden.out she's still using birth control.
9th Dec '16 12:55:10 AM Tranquilled
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* PygmalionPlot: It's implied that Frank falls for Rita in the process of tutoring her.

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* PygmalionPlot: Subverted. It's implied that Frank falls for Rita over the course of her lessons, but also that his attraction is to her down-to-earth, innocently enthusiastic self, having been long jaded by the pretension of academia.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The original play includes a bit more discussion of the actual books, being set entirely in Frank's office. Shifting the action to the wider world cuts some dialogue about literature and the state of the academy. The lessons on HowardsEnd give Rita a strongly Marxist initial appraisal and a monologue about the loss of working-class culture, whereas she notably has no political identity
in the process film. Frank's rather inappropriate casual overtures toward Rita are dialed back, and his inability to maintain his relationship with Julia (and the complexity of tutoring her.having it be described past the fact from one side) is simplified by giving Julia an affair.
4th Oct '16 4:10:01 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The film was shot entirely in Ireland, with the famous Trinity College standing in for Rita's university. The scenes set in France were also shot in Ireland.
17th Sep '16 4:36:19 PM fearlessnikki
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* AnAesop: Intelligence is valuable yes, but it can also be superficial, and what one should really have is a strong personality.
* BeYourself: Reconstructed. Rita is deeply unhappy with how she is and seeks to get an education to better herself. It's shown that acting posh and pretentious can be just as empty as being lower class, and Rita ultimately finds contentment with her education but still holding onto her true personality.



* BrainyBrunette: Rita changes her hair from blonde to brown presumably to evoke this trope.
* BrickJoke: Early on in the film, Rita jokes about popping around to Frank's office with her scissors. At the end of the film, she gives him an ImportantHaircut.
* CallBack: One of Rita's early joke answers to a question about staging difficulties is "do it on the radio". The same question appears on her exam at the end, but she doesn't give that answer.
* CerebusRetcon: Frank's alcoholism is only given a few passing mentions in the first half of the story, but it starts getting PlayedForDrama when he starts turning up to lectures drunk.
* CerebusSyndrome: The light-hearted nature of the story changes suddenly when Rita arrives home [[spoiler: to find her roommate overdosed on pills, Frank's girlfriend leaves him and his alcoholism gets even worse]].



* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Rita chooses not to go to Australia with Frank and they part amiably, though it's certainly left open as to whether they'll hook up later]].



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Rita's roommate Trish overdoses but survives]].
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Rita's hair is used as a clock to symbolise her CharacterDevelopment:
** When she begins her studies, it's short and bleached blonde.
** As she starts to really get into her education, and the conflict with her family starts, it's a little longer.
** When she leaves her husband, it's grown out past her shoulders.
** After her summer school, she has now turned it brown.
** As she has more conflict with Frank, it's just above the shoulders.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: It's apparently Frank's own fault that Julia cheated on him. As an alcoholic who spends too much time at work, she was apparently completely justified. No other character calls her out for this.



* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: Rita's Roommate.
* PygmalionPlot

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* IAmVeryBritish: A few students at the university speak like this, and it's used to show them as pretentious. Trish speaks like this too [[spoiler: but in her final scene it's implied to be an act]].
* ImpliedLoveInterest: There appears to be some attraction between Frank and Rita, but it never amounts to anything.
* InformedAbility: Subverted. We never hear Frank's poetry and we only have Rita and Trish's criticism to go on about it being good. Frank however thinks it's rubbish.
* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: Rita's Roommate.
roommate Trish.
* PygmalionPlotLowerClassLout: Rita's husband Denny fits this trope perfectly; concerned only with going to the pub and watching TV.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Present but not entirely played straight. Rita fits lots of the Manic Pixie tropes - bubble of quirk who forces herself into a brooding man's life. Notably Frank turns her away to another tutor at first, but she insists on being taught by him and getting to know him. But then again, she's trying to improve her own life and has character growth of her own. While she attempts to fix Frank's life, it's shown that only he can do that. Though he does end the story better from having known her.
* TheMakeover: Rita gives herself one while at summer school.
* MeaningfulEcho: Rita recalls her mother saying of everyone in the pub "surely there's a better song to sing", which becomes her motto. Later on in the film, Frank calls her out saying that she's not singing a better song; just a different one.
* MeaningfulRename: Rita's real name is Susan, but she chooses to call herself Rita when she starts her education. This is subverted when she's more comfortable with herself and goes by Susan to everyone but Frank.
* NotWantingKidsIsWeird: Rita's friends and family are constantly asking her when she's going to have a baby, and treat her not wanting one as an oddity.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping:
** There are a few accent slippages from the Irish supporting cast.
** [[spoiler: In Trish's final scene, the posh voice she has been using is suddenly replaced with an OopNorth one. This implies that she has been faking it to seem important]].
* PygmalionPlot: It's implied that Frank falls for Rita in the process of tutoring her.
* RunningGag: Rita can never open the tricky lock on Frank's door. At one point she even brings an oil can.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Deconstructed. Slob Rita wishes to better herself and become a Snob, but finds herself unable to fit in either situation. She ultimately finds happiness just being herself - conforming to neither label.


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* TrueBlueFemininity: Rita is color-coded with lots of blue throughout the film.
* WhatNowEnding: [[spoiler: A very positive example. Rita ends the film with no idea what to do next, and the beauty of it is that she now has choices. Which she didn't have at the beginning]].
17th Apr '16 6:35:37 PM jccw227
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* AlcoholHic: In the movie version, Frank lets one out when he shows up drunk to a lecture, much to the amusement of his students. It goes downhill from there.
18th May '15 12:08:05 AM mlsmithca
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* ActorAllusion: In the film Frank says "Not many people know that!", Caine's [[BeamMeUpScotty supposed catchphrase]], which he had actually never said before, except when explaining that it was invented by Creator/PeterSellers.
* ChildrenAreAWaste: Rita doesn't want to become locked into looking after a child - her husband wants her to have a child as soon as possible, and gets angry when he finds her birth control pills.



* UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem: Some of the plot revolves around tests and waiting for the grades.

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* UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem: Some of the plot revolves around tests ChildrenAreAWaste: Rita doesn't want to become locked into looking after a child - her husband wants her to have a child as soon as possible, and waiting for the grades.gets angry when he finds her birth control pills.



* DownerEnding: At the end, [[spoiler:Rita is in an uncomfortable position: her education puts her above her working-class peers, but her accent and manner does not fit into the middle-class strata of society.]]

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* DownerEnding: At the end, [[spoiler:Rita is in an uncomfortable position: her education puts her above her working-class peers, but her accent and manner does do not fit into the middle-class strata of society.]]
14th Aug '14 2:34:55 PM Morgenthaler
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A film version was made in 1983 starring JulieWalters, MichaelCaine, and Maureen Lipman.

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A film version was made in 1983 starring JulieWalters, MichaelCaine, Creator/JulieWalters, Creator/MichaelCaine, and Maureen Lipman.
5th May '14 9:13:49 AM LongLiveHumour
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* ActorAllusion: In the film Frank says "Not many people know that!", Caine's [[BeamMeUpScotty supposed catchphrase]], which he had actually never said before, except when explaining that it was invented by PeterSellers.

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* ActorAllusion: In the film Frank says "Not many people know that!", Caine's [[BeamMeUpScotty supposed catchphrase]], which he had actually never said before, except when explaining that it was invented by PeterSellers.Creator/PeterSellers.
20th Feb '14 1:10:43 PM Leliel
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* BlessedWithSuck: Rita's education is shown to be this.

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* BittersweetEnding: Movie version: [[spoiler:Rita separates from Frank fondly, and has a chance for a much better paying job in London]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Rita's education is shown to be this.
21st Dec '13 8:41:19 AM LongLiveHumour
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* BritishEducationSystem: Some of the plot revolves around tests and waiting for the grades.

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* BritishEducationSystem: UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem: Some of the plot revolves around tests and waiting for the grades.
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