Monday, January 23, 2012

No Blue French Horns

I saw Josh Radnor's Happythankyoumoreplease just in time, since Radnor's new Liberal Arts (which co-stars Elizabeth Olsen of Martha Marcy May Marlene ) is getting strong reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. (Film School Rejects)
Radnor stars as perhaps an older, mid-thirties cousin of happythankyoumoreplease‘s Sam Wexler. His Jesse Fisher is consumed with books, and his affection for printed reading material perhaps eclipses his affection for anything (and anyone) else. That’s probably why Jesse is (both unoriginally and still quite believably) unsatisfied with his current life state. His job as a college admissions counselor means that Jesse comes equipped with a few conversational ticks that he might not even be fully aware of possessing (though Radnor the writer certainly is). He’s interested in people, but most of his questions seem rehearsed and leading, meant to disarm those he is asking while not revealing much about himself. And that’s certainly no way to go through life.

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