Liberal Arts

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  • PG-13
Bookish and newly single Jesse Fisher (Josh Radnor) is a university admissions counselor in his mid-thirties living in New York City who returns to his Ohio alma mater for a retirement dinner honoring Peter Hoburg (Richard Jenkins), his favorite English professor. read more
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Bookish and newly single Jesse Fisher (Josh Radnor) is a university admissions counselor in his mid-thirties living in New York City who returns to his Ohio alma mater for a retirement dinner honoring Peter Hoburg (Richard Jenkins), his favorite English professor. A chance meeting on campus with 19-year-old Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen) - a precocious undergrad who loves classical music, improv and Twilight - awakens in Jesse long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection. The pair strikes up a long-distance epistolary romance, prompting Jesse to return to campus for another visit. Although Zibby appears beyond her years, the age-difference between the budding paramours weights heavily on Jesse, who is torn between moving forward in life, and holding on to the indelible memories of his own university years. Featuring a rich assortment of peripheral characters, including a mystically upbeat party animal (Zac Efron), a brooding young depressive (John Magaro), and a feisty Romantics professor (Allison Janney), LIBERAL ARTS explores the emotional tug-of-war between youth and adulthood, as played out on a leafy Midwest campus that is both Eden-like and tumultuous - and entirely unforgettable.

Original Release

09/14/2012

US Release

09/14/2012

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Cast

Directors

Josh Radnor

Writers

Josh Radnor

Cast

Josh Radnor Jesse Fisher
Elizabeth Olsen Zibby
Richard Jenkins Professor Peter Hoberg
Allison Janney Professor Judith Fairfield
Elizabeth Reaser Ana
John Magaro Dean
Kate Burton Susan
Robert Desiderio David
Zac Efron Nat
Kristen Bush Leslie
Ali Ahn Vanessa
Gregg Edelman Robert
Michael Weston Miles
Chelsea Chrostowski Smiling Passerby Woman
Richard Doone Man in Bookstore Line
Caroline Lindy Hostess
Travis Alan McAfee Laundromat Thief
Angelic Zambrana Tina
Andrea R. Perry Background College Student
Benjamin Viccellio Christian

Producers

Stephen Hays Executive Producer
Peter Graham Executive Producer
Paul Prokop Executive Producer
Brice Dal Farra Producer
Claude Dal Farra Producer
Jesse Hara Producer
Lauren Munsch Producer
Josh Radnor Producer
Bryan Thomas Producer
Jonathan Burkhart Producer

Editors

Michael R. Miller

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