Peanuts and Popcorn

 Back to College to Move Forward

The main character in Liberal Arts, Jesse, played by Josh Radnor, who also writes and directs his second film, is stuck in life, trapped with a wealth of knowledge with nowhere to put it.  He comments early in the film that at his liberal arts college, he majored in English and minored in history, “just to make sure I was fully unemployable.” It’s a running joke about the nature of these kinds of schools, but hits a subtle truism on the realities of post graduation navigation, problems wrestled and conversed over in splendid form here. How do we switch gears and break free?

In this case, it means going back to college and facing one’s past, reliving youth and interacting with it too. Such is the case for Jesse, who temporarily works as an admissions officer in Manhattan.  His former professor Peter…

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