A working-class Jewish student travels from New Jersey to Ohio to attend college. He experiences sexual awakening and love, while also bravely battling the dean of the institution over the role of religion in academic life. How will his future unfold?
Set against the backdrop of the Korean War in 1951, this multi-layered drama revolves around moment a working-class Jewish student, Marcus (Logan Lerman), who leaves Newark, New Jersey to attend a small college in Ohio.
There, he experiences a sexual awakening after meeting the elegant and wealthy Olivia (Sarah Gadon) and confronts the school's dean (Tracy Letts) over the role of religion in academic life. What will the future hold in store for him?
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