Liberal Arts

Saturday, October 01 st, 2016 at 00:10 am 

Liberal Arts

JOY REVIEW

Liberal Arts is directed, written, and stars Josh Radnor, who apparently is a fairly well-known TV actor. In this one, he plays a 35 year old man-child who goes back to visit his favorite professor on the event of his retirement, who is played by the wonderful Richard Jenkins. He runs into a cute 19 year old, Elizabeth Olsen, whom everybody seems to think is adorable and I find a bit bland.  The plot also circles around a mystically upbeat dude on a park bench, who’s played wonderfully by Zac Efron, and a kind of sexy romantics professor, Allison Janney, who has never looked sexier or better. This is really a coming of age story. It’s also an argument for liberal education, which I found compelling, interesting, and great fun. Just because something doesn’t have practical and direct application doesn’t mean it doesn’t broaden your horizons and make you think about the world differently, which is my understanding of what a liberal education is about. It’s also about making choices and growing up and moving on. I found it delightful. It’s a little bit low-key, and probably not going to do a huge amount of business, but nevertheless, it’s one of those lovely little movies that’s kind of a little unknown gem that you will thank yourself for spending some time with. Four stars.

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