Liberal Arts [Blu-ray]
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Newly single and uninspired by his job in college admissions, the introverted Jesse Fisher (Josh Radnor) lives with his head buried in a book. His deep nostalgia for his own alma mater in Ohio -- the dining halls and dorm rooms, the parties and poetry seminars -- makes him wonder if his best days are behind him. So when his favorite professor (Richard Jenkins) invites him back to campus to speak at his retirement dinner, Jesse jumps at the chance. Meeting Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen) -- a precocious classical music-loving sophomore -- awakens in Jesse long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection.
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Josh's clear vision for Liberal Arts really paid off. The beautiful cadence with which each actor speaks is unmatched by any other movie(not that it's a competition, but it's totally a competition, and Liberal Arts wins, by a landslide, a very peaceful landslide that has no casualties, just bruised egos perhaps). With these unique, intriguing characters, it's no wonder there is never a dull moment in this movie. Jesse Fisher(Josh Radnor), is a 35-year old college admissions counselor, who is less than enthused about his career, and returns to his alma mater, Kenyon College, for one of his favorite professor's retirement dinners.Read more ›
"Liberal Arts" relies on a middle-aged nostalgia for one's college days. As a central theme, it is one that strikes a real emotional chord and is something that many of us can easily identify with. Radnor plays a New York City resident who is invited to his small town alma mater to honor a favorite professor (Richard Jenkins). The two men share an easy bond and their scenes together have a quiet poignancy and effectiveness. While there, Radnor becomes entangled with a feisty co-ed (Elizabeth Olsen) despite their sixteen year age difference. There are some fresh comic moments throughout. I especially liked an uncredited Zac Effron as an ethereal life force that connects rather fancifully with Radnor. But there are also moments of deep sadness.Read more ›
Yeah. Well. The movie wasn't completely hideous. It had its good points. There just weren't enough to make it all worth it. First of all, I absolutely get Jesse's desire to go down Memory Lane and reconnect with what made life exciting. We've all done that at one point (or several). However, Jesse makes some bizarre choices along the way. As a writer, I understand that characters don't always do what they're supposed to, but some actions are so out of left-field that the audience can't help but get weirded out. The weirdest moment for me in "Liberal Arts" was seeing Jesse turn down sex with a nineteen-year old, but then jump in bed with his former lit professor. This is a slightly disturbing chain of events as it is, but what made it jump the shark was Jesse's own incredulous expression when Professor What's-Her-Name is seducing him. How does he go from that to watching her light a post-coital cigarette from the other side of her bed?
Again, I get where Radnor was coming from here, but the overall product was disappointing. Just a little bit of tweaking would have made this film a winner. But, hindsight, right? I still like Josh Radnor, and I'm looking forward to seeing whatever he's got ahead of him.
Unlike most American movies - even indy's these days - this is a movie that respects its screenwriter. As a result, in plot and dialogue, it is like many foreign movies: designed for serious minded people, grown-ups, which is appropriate for a movie about growing up (no matter how old you are) and the limits of intellect without character. It is hard for me to define the ideas of the movies without making it sound dull, but it is also extraordinarily funny. Even now, 24 hours after I saw the movie, lines of dialogue or certain scenes keep coming back to me, alternately making me laugh or ponder the wisdom of the film, from the hilariously unromantic date with an inspired professor of romantic literature to the trenchant observation that "guilt before you act is morality," this will be a movie I will want to watch many times.
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What exactly are the Liberal Arts? Well, a degree in Liberal Arts is usually a specialized affair. Philosophy, Religion, History, and Literature are among them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Justin Playfair
I really liked this story of a guy (played by Josh Radnor) who loved his college experience, he was still stuck in the academia mindset, and relished his invitation to go back to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by HMS
Patronizing and condescending. I really wanted to like this film, it started out promising but went waay off the rails in the middle - and stayed off. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nte
Great product. I would recommend this product. I would recommend this product.Published 5 months ago by Gabriel M Martinez
Not a fast-paced movie by any means and I'm not a big fan of Josh Radnor's by any means but good watch. Read morePublished 6 months ago by The Wolf
It was a cute, yet deep story. I just think it moved rather slowly at some points. It was sadder than I thought it would be. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ClassDreamer'84
There's no "Plastics" moment in Josh Radnor's smart, under-the radar gem Liberal Arts, you know, the moment when the entire artifice of youthful idealism is left in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Neiss