Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  110 min.
Release Date: August 5, 2016 (limited) - August 5, 2016 - Select Cities
DVD: November 8, 2016
Blu-ray: November 8, 2016

Current rating: Rating: 3.83
based on 12 votes and 4 reviews
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Cast: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Ben Rosenfield


In 1951, Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant student from Newark, New Jersey, escapes being drafted into the Korean War when he receives a college scholarship. Not usually one to socialize or engage with girls, he develops a burgeoning infatuation with a beautiful classmate named Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon). However, it puts his future, and the plans his family has for him, in serious jeopardy.

The college’s imposing Dean Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts) intervenes and Olivia's past struggles with mental health are revealed. But after a terrible accident transpires, Marcus may be in over his head.

The film is based on the 2008 Philip Roth novel of the same name.

Director: James Schamus
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Anthony Bregman, James Schamus, Rodrigo Teixeira
Screenplay: James Schamus
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  • 1 star "Horrible -"
  • 3 stars "The scene between the Dean of the school played by Tracy Letts and Logan Lerman who plays the atheist Jewish college student in the 1950's is what makes this whole movie worth watching. Their trigger-fast repartee and how it ends is truly a gem. Contradictory morals and confusing ethics and some explicitly disturbing scenes for some viewers. The skewered human condition is what is depicted by Phillip Roth whose novel this is based on. And as an atheist, the final scene of his sending his thoughts/spirit to his girl ironically also is a contradiction."
  • 4 stars "This is normally NOT my type of movie. But, I was impressed. It's great how it all ties up at the end.. Watch out for the lead actor, he's the next Leo or Tom Hanks. He will be the 'everyman' actor who wins an Oscar."