College is supposed to prepare you for adult life, which doesn't explain why so many graduates fantasize about going back to college. In this thoughtful drama by writer-director Josh Radnor, a 35-year-old admissions counselor in New York City (Radnor) returns to his alma mater (Kenyon College, where the filmmaker got his degree) and bonds romantically with a 19-year-old student (Elizabeth Olsen). Representing the quiet horrors of adulthood are two professors: a hardened middle-aged woman (Allison Janney) and an older man having second thoughts about his retirement (Richard Jenkins). I can't say I didn't enjoy the movie, though I must confess to having second thoughts of my own: the spell of lounging around an idyllic campus talking about William Blake is so powerful that not until the stunning young coed begs the hero to take her virginity did I recognize this as a large-scale exercise in wish fulfillment.
Director: Josh Radnor
Producer: Brice Dal Farra, Claude Farra, Lauren Munsch, Jesse Hara, Josh Radnor, Peter Graham, Stephen Hays and Paul Prokop
Cast: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro, Elizabeth Reaser, Zac Efron, Kate Burton, Robert Desiderio and Ali Ahn