Liberal Arts

PLOT:

Newly single and uninspired by his job in college admissions, the introverted Jesse Fisher (Josh Radnor) lives with his head buried in a book. His deep nostalgia for his own alma mater in Ohio – the dining halls and dorm rooms, the parties and poetry seminars – makes him wonder if his best days are behind him. So when his favorite professor (Richard Jenkins) invites him back to campus to speak at his retirement dinner, Jesse jumps at the chance. Meeting Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen) – a precocious classical music-loving sophomore – awakens in Jesse long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection.

What people are saying:

“This was funny and smart without being in-your-face intellectual. As much as I love How I Met Your Mother it’s great to see that Josh Radnor can not only act but also has a really promising future as a writer/director. Wonderful job with casting.” 5 stars

“Liberal Arts maneuvers its story in a philosophical way that is anything but detached. There’s a warmth here that reminds audiences why college — and, dare we say, their core curriculums? — matter.” 4 stars

“Great movie, but I can’t relate to the artistic romanticism ideals and the too-frequent “books are better than tv” commentary. I’ve read books, and I’ve seen tv. I’ll choose tv every time. This movie makes me feel unsophisticated and simple, and I hate that. Zac Efron’s character was totally hilarious though!” 3 stars

“”Liberal Arts” is an enjoyable, cleverly written film that should strike a note with college students current and former. The witty writing and earnest cast make its few pretentious missteps easy to brush off affectionately.” 4 stars

“Liberal Arts is, more or less, “Ted Mosby: The Movie”. It’s not similar to How I Met Your Mother really at all, but Radnor’s Jesse feels like a just pre-HIMYM Ted. I’m not sure the ending of the movie did the rest justice, but the cast is all around talented (Efron kills it in his small role) and Radnor shows he is capable of strapping on the writer/director helmet and be throughly impressive. The movie is witty and insightful, and is a romance film that doesn’t just sink into cliches like the rest.” 3 1/2 stars

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