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Liberal Arts

4

Josh Radnor falls in love with college student Elizabeth Olsen

Niftily dodging the self-indulgent pitfalls that have derailed many a writer-director-producer-star (we’re looking at you, Zach Braff), Josh Radnor’s sophomore effort is an articulate pleasure.

He’s affable as 30-something Jesse, who’s thrown into early midlife crisis by a visit to his old university. But the real treasure is Elizabeth Olsen, appealingly natural as the precocious student who draws Jesse’s attention.

Radnor’s smart-mouthed script and faultless supporting cast (look out for Allison Janney’s acerbic, movie-stealing moment) even offset a final 10 minutes so irritating they threaten to sink the whole thing.

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