Two movies released this week feature introverted, soul-deadened, betweeded professors who are as academically eggheaded, i.e., as left-brained, as they are clueless about all that right-brained stuff: human relationships and spirituality.
In Smart People, literature professor Dennis Quaid is upended by a visit from his brother and a fling with Sarah Jessica Parker. In The Visitor, a different sort of visit, along with romance and African drumming, transforms a professor of economics.
Naturally, both professors emerge from their shells more engaged with people, passionate about life, spiritually awakened, and happy.
In the stories we like best, it always seems to be a right-brained epiphany.
Imagine, instead, an outgoing African drummer whose life turns topsy-turvy when he takes an economics class and learns that what makes him truly happy is retreating to his study to analyze business cycles and market equilibria.