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Liberal Arts

26 Jul

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When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor’s retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them. (IMDb)

This was really interesting, as well as a good vehicle for Josh Radnor, who served as writer, director, and lead. It was a truthful look at an adult’s desire for youth and a college girl’s desire for maturity. Also throw in Richard Jenkins as a recently retired professor, and you see another view of wanting to retain youth. Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen are great together. Some of Radnor’s stuff can get a little pretentious sounding, but it did work with the character. Zac Efron also has a small part that is actually really great. I will say that I thought the subplot with Dean, another college student, was a little unnecessary. I kind of see where they were going with it, but I don’t think it was really needed. The college they filmed at (Kenyon in Ohio) is gorgeous. Something else I liked were all the little gems of advice hidden in the writing. As someone who is at a point in their life that is basically between these two characters, I totally got it. Overall, this is nothing revolutionary, but it made me both nostalgic for college and excited for my future at the same time, so that says something.

7/10

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