I cant believe this film has been given bad ratings. I take it those who have left these reviews are analysing scenes and editing techniques from a US perspective , rather than putting it into the social and economic context it was meant for!! This wonderful film stars the equally amazing Julie Walters who portrays a working class, British women dealing with patriarchy, working class ideals and values about women and about education, whilst being funny and entertaining!
It highlights everything about education, priviledge and sexism that still exists today (yes even in your wonderful United States where you dress it up as equal opportunities)!
The film ends in a positive way; Rita learns to think, she doesn't just learn to pass exams (which is what education has sadly turned into).
A poignant message about self improvement for all students who just think about a career or money.