Writen, produced and directed by Josh Radnor. Starring Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins,…
When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor’s retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them.
This was a refreshing and very simple film that felt more like a moving conversation or documentary about university, work and life. Josh Radnor did a great job writing, producing and acting in the film. It shows you are never finished learning, whatever your age. It was very insightful and made you question the choices that you make in life. Everyone should see this, but especially if you are in university or graduated. The main character, and I too, feel at times like you sort of take for granted when you are actually in university (probably because you are so overwhelmed with the work load) to really appreciate it. When you get out you think the world will be your oyster and that you can do anything. Only to realize you are in the real world now and things might not turn out the way you wanted it to or expect. This film makes you feel like you are not alone in this situation, that other people too are trying to figure out there next step. Even the university professor in the film feels like this as he is trying to retire.
It was so ironic that they go quite heavily into Twilight. Questioning if it is a good book or not, and how people in the world today are liking things that are “not good.” They casted Elizabeth Reaser who is all the Twilight films and this just added to the inside joke! I thought that was smart and funny. Zac Efron also makes an appearance as a full on hippie.
I think the love story at the end sort of ruined the film, because it played into the typical Hollywood stereotype of him finding the right person at the end. Life rarely plays out this perfectly in real life; that there is a perfect person down the street at the local independent bookstore (and how many of those are left?) It is great that he found love, but what about Elizabeth Olsen’s character, what if he was her match?
I liked the quote “every place you don’t leave is a prison.” That is so true. For more truth, view the film and keep turning the pages in the book of life.