Liberal Arts

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Liberal Arts

Josh Radnor (2011)

12A Certificate


Our Score
The second film by writer/director Josh Radnor, the genial star of TV's How I Met Your Mother, is an unexpected delight, dealing with intergenerational relationships in a funny and unusual way. Radnor plays Jesse, a coasting, 30-something New York academic who goes back to his alma mater to catch up with his former tutor (Richard Jenkins) on the occasion of his retirement. While there, he meets Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen), a pretty drama student 16 years his junior but surprisingly old for her age. Filled with a fresh spirit of adventure and inspired by the rules of improv, Jesse decides to stick around and see what happens. What follows is a refreshing, realistic and, for once, genuinely romantic comedy, with two adorable leads whose chemistry is authentic and charming. But it's the supporting performances that seal the deal here, and if a stoner Zac Efron weren't enough, Allison Janney brings the house down as the predatory professor who has an eye for a younger partner herself.


A man left disillusioned by his career and a break-up with his girlfriend receives an invitation to give a speech at a retirement dinner for his old college professor. As he looks back on happier times, he finds new inspiration in a romance with a student. Comedy drama, directed by and starring Josh Radnor. With Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney and Zac Efron.

Cast & Crew

Jesse Fisher Josh Radnor
Zibby Elizabeth Olsen
Prof Peter Hoberg Richard Jenkins
Prof Judith Fairfield Allison Janney
Ana Elizabeth Reaser
Nat Zac Efron
Susan Kate Burton
David Robert Desiderio
Leslie Kristen Bush
Director Josh Radnor
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Picturehouse / RevolverGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Oct 2012
Drama Comedy