Friday, September 28, 2012

Liberal Arts

'How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor once again proves he's more than just a likeable sitcom star; He's an auteur in the making.  I sensed it with his flawed but moving debut in 2010 as writer/director/actor, 'Happythankyoumoreplease', and now I've confirmed it with his sophomore film, 'Liberal Arts'.  Both premiered at Sundance and both are so darn Sundance-y.

In this one, Radnor plays a 35 year old college recruiter who returns to his university and falls for a beautiful student almost half his age, played by Elizabeth Olsen.  There really aren't any surprises in the arc of the story, but the magic here is generated by the chemistry of the cast.  Radnor and Olsen both light up the screen, and Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, Zac Effron, and Elizabeth Reaser are among the enviable supporting cast.  It's a really likeable film and Radnor continues to be the new Zach Braff.  I just wish Zach Braff was the old Zach Braff.  Perhaps we need to see them collaborate as brothers in an indie dramedy?  Consider that a pitch, Harvey Weinstein.

Grade: A-

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