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by • December 26, 2012 • Blu-Ray, Home Video ReviewsComments (0)9

Blu-ray Review: LIBERAL ARTS

LIBERAL ARTS
Studio: MPI Media Group
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, mature thematic material, and some teen drinking
MSRP: $29.98, but Amazon has it for $24.99.
Running Time: 97 minutes

What’s Going On?

Official Synopsis:

When Jesse, a 35-year-old New York college admissions adviser, is invited back to his Midwestern alma mater to attend his favorite professor’s retirement dinner, he falls back in love with the university life of ivy-covered buildings and intellectual adventures. But when he meets 19-year-old student Zibby, the bright, beautiful, book-loving daughter of his professor’s friends, he suddenly finds himself caught in a moral dilemma: Does he pursue a perhaps inappropriate relationship with this kindred spirit, or does he break her heart and return to the “real world”?

Who’s In It:

 Allison Janney
 Elizabeth Olsen
 Richard Jenkins
 Josh Radnor
 Elizabeth Reaser
 Zac Efron
 John Magaro

If You Like…:

This is a romantic comedy that doesn’t do very many of the cliched tropes that you’re used to seeing. Real conversations happen, and it isn’t always happy. This is a film that is more along the lines of the fantastic 500 Days of Summer, and if you like that, you’ll love Liberal Arts

Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurette
  • Commentary
  • Trailer

The Technical Gist:

Video
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

The Verdict:

Flat out, this is a fantastic film. Josh Radnor, who fans might recognize from How I Met Your Mother on TV, will be glad to know that he’s an incredibly talented writer and director. It isn’t the kind of unrealistic crap that people shouldn’t like on a guilty pleasure level. This is a romantic comedy, but it’s only a comedy in the sense that things that happen in our everyday lives can be comedic. It’s a romantic comedy that everyone can identify with on some level whether you’re a doe-eyed kid in your 20’s, or a cynical grump in your 50’s. Elizabeth Olsen is also an amazing actress and it’s hard to see why she hasn’t been famous her whole life but her untalented sisters have been. (That’s right, Olsen as in Olsen Twins) BUY IT

 

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