Mars Movie Review – Liberal Arts


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Movie Info: 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. — (C) Official Site

Mars Review: A diverting generational three-way dialogue between those barely out of their teens, those in their mid thirties and those well north of fifty.  It never manages to turn these great performances and familiar dilemmas into something substantial.  For a film about ageing and romanticism, Liberal Arts feels like it needs a more mature script.

Stars: 2 out of 5