(A quick apology for completely dropping the ball on this whole 'Film Friday' shindig. I was actually engrossed in my schoolwork quite a bit this semester and it has paid off. And I plan to continue that trend, so don't get excited just yet.)
This spring break I headed to the school library and checked out a handful of DVDs. One I was particularly excited for was Liberal Arts, which I've been meaning to see ever since it played on a plane ride that I took sans headphones.
I enjoyed the component music played in the lead character's relationship. As a person who deeply values a well-crafted mix tape -- and furthermore sentiments attached to those selected songs -- I could get behind the idea. Others may find it strange. The movie certainly deals with the age difference, but I think I would've liked a different conclusion (trying not to spoil anything). The very final ending seemed a bit trite too.
Overall, I think I wanted to like this film more than I actually did. Sure, I thought the performances were good and the writing halfway decent; it just lacked the final punch I was expecting. Perhaps it's a movie I'll have to revisit in over to fully appreciate it. Essentially, it is great for a rainy day spent in bed. I imagine it would be best if you can relate to some of the idiosyncrasies of liberal arts students this movie puts on display. I certainly did. Also, there was a brief shootout to my college, Macalester. That was pretty darn cool.
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