naïve dreams. As he infiltrates Jenny's comfortable suburban life, she begins to reconsider her priorities and question whether she should follow the path to Oxford or shun University completely. Indeed, in one telling scene, Jenny's father even discourages her from going, in favour of her being financially supported by David after the two become engaged. As Jenny is further exposed to the charmed yet morally bankrupt life David leads, she encounters two of his close friends, Danny and Helen, portrayed by Dominic Cooper and Rosamund Pike respectively. Cooper, as always, charms, much as he has done since his breakthrough in The History Boys, but it is Pike who is the true scene stealer of this film, thanks mainly to the comic potential of the character she has been gifted with. Helen is essentially the antithesis of Jenny; a woman who lacks ambition or a great deal of intellect, and who is happy to be supported by her boyfriend whilst quaffing champagne adorned in designer clothes. Just as the truth about David's luxurious living and deceit is revealed, Jenny neglects to take her A-Level examinations and is ultimately left to rely upon herself to make the biggest decision of her young life.
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