Rita, a married hair stylist in her 20s, wants to go back to school. She begins studying with Dr. Bryant, a professor using alcohol to cope with his divorce. Despite his personal problems, Dr. Bryant helps Rita realize her academic potential. In turn, her passion for learning revitalizes his love of teaching. However, when Rita's blue-collar spouse learns that his wife is more interested in education than homemaking, he becomes frustrated by her independence.
Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman, Jeananne Crowley, Malcolm Douglas, Godfrey Quigley, Dearbhla Molloy, Patrick Daly, Kim Fortune, Philip Hurdwood, Hilary Reynolds, Jack Walsh, Christopher Casson, Rosamund Burton, Marcus O'Higgins, Mark Drew, Gabrielle Reidy, Des Nealon, Marie Conmee, Oliver Maguire, Derry Power, Alan Stanford, Gerry Sullivan, Patricia Jeffares, Maeve Germaine