Linklater tells the tale of a young kid Richard (Zac Efron) who finds himself under the wing of Orson Welles (Christian McKay) as he puts on his rendition of Julius Caesar. As Richard falls for Welles’s assistant (played by Claire Daines), he finds that he must share the affections of his girl with his new mentor.

This is a cute, quirky coming-of-age film, hardly groundbreaking, but deftly executed. For the most part Efron keeps his head above water (a cringe-worthy musical scene is one major exception), but McKay’s bombastic take on Welles, and Daines’s usual competent self keeps the whole thing rolling along nicely.