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Who wouldn't want to attend a high school reunion with Channing Tatum (even if it wasn't necessarily your high school reunion)?
"10 Years," the "21 Jump Street" star's other 2012 back-to-high-school comedy, features an all-star cast of characters (including Justin Long, Chris Pratt, Oscar Isaac, Max Minghella, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Mara and the seemingly forever twentysomething Rosario Dawson) coming together for their 10-year high school reunion, a gathering filled with startling revelations, bittersweet heartbreak and, of course, more than a few pratfalls.
One lucky winner (which could be you!) will get to spike the punch with their own copy of "10 Years" on DVD. That's not all, though — this giveaway is pretty well-attended, as you'll also receive Blu-rays of "Happythankyoumoreplease," "My Week With Marilyn," "Paper Heart," "Blue Valentine" and "Daydream Nation." It looks like you'll be skipping the reunion and staying home!
To enter, just shoot us an email at NextMovie@MTV.com and include your name, »
- NextMovie Staff
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 18, 2012
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
When Jesse (Radnor) , a 35-year-old New York college admissions adviser, is invited back to his Midwestern alma mater to attend his favorite professor’s retirement dinner, he falls back in love with the university life of ivy-covered buildings and intellectual adventures. But when he meets 19-year-old student Zibby (Olsen), the bright, beautiful, book-loving daughter of his professor’s friends, he suddenly finds himself caught in a moral dilemma: Does he pursue a perhaps inappropriate relationship with this kindred spirit, or does he break her heart and return to the “real world”?
Review by LondonFilmFan
Liberal Arts may be the first Josh Radnor feature to reach UK shores, but it’s actually the follow up to his directorial debut Happythankyoumoreplease. As with his first foray into writing and directing, Radnor also fills the leading man’s shoes in Liberal Arts, pairing himself with rising star and indie darling Elizabeth Olsen. Though it manages to avoid becoming a typical cookie-cutter romantic comedy, Liberal Arts spends too much time casting a pseudo-intellectual shadow over a story Radnor seems uncertain how to resolve.
As Jesse, Radnor settles into hard-luck loser mode (even if his luck isn’t that hard at all). Saddled with an unrewarding admissions role at a local New York college and recently dumped by his girlfriend, »
Liberal Arts is the second film from Josh Radnor who, as in his previous effort Happythankyoumoreplease, wrote, directed, and stars. Liberal Arts has its pleasures and it.s never dull, but It fades from memory quickly, becoming almost indistinguishable from the better films it inevitably reminds me of, and dissolves into the sort of generic sweetness I associate with this type of seriocomic indy film. Radnor plays 35-year old Jesse Fisher, newly single, uninspired by his job as an admissions officer at a New York City college, and worried that his best days are behind him. But no matter how much he buries his head in a book, life keeps pulling Jesse back. When his favorite college professor Peter Hoberg (Richard Jenkins) invites him to his alma mater to speak at his retirement dinner, Jesse jumps at the opportunity. He is prepared for the nostalgia of the dining halls and dorm rooms, »
- Tom Stockman
Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts, the writer/director/actor's follow-up to 2010's Happythankyoumoreplease, tickled crowds at Sundance London last year and should repeat the trick when it gets a UK cinema release next week. For one thing, as this new clip shows, it's got Allison Janney in it; a fact that automatically earns it an Ma (Hons) in general excellence. brightcove.createExperiences(); Janney plays the hard-bitten English tenured professor in the small liberal arts college once attended by Jesse Fisher, Radnor's 30-something admissions professor. Acutely aware of his advancing years but still smitten like a teenager, Fisher fawns on his old don. In return, she treats him with very un-c.J. Cregg-like disdain.Will they bond over Stendhal or just catch up on old times? On this evidence, probably neither. Throw Elizabeth Olsen's sassy sophomore and a mentor played with wry weariness by Richard Jenkins into the mix, and »
Chicago – Josh Radnor may be one of the most good natured humanists in modern American film. His perspective contrasts sharply with that of comedic auteurs intent on depicting a cynical view of the modern world clouded with nostalgia. Radnor may not yet be up to par with the filmmakers that have inspired him, namely Woody Allen, but his sophomore directorial effort, “Liberal Arts,” is practically bursting with promise.
Unlike Radnor’s first film, the annoyingly titled, “Happythankyoumoreplease,” “Liberal Arts” is neither laugh-out-loud funny nor preciously contrived. For its first third, the film is so low-key that some might deem it rather benign. Much of the witty banter falls flat and Radnor himself lacks much screen presence or comic charisma. But at around the half-hour mark, the film starts to come to life at the precise moment that Radnor’s character, a jaded 35-year-old New Yorker, gets swept up in »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Josh Radnor (of TV's How I Met Your Mother) has transitioned from a role as an actor to that of a director, and his latest film Liberal Arts, starring himself, Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney, and Richard Jenkins, examines life after college. It's his writing and directing follow-up to the Sundance Film Festival award-winning Happythankyoumoreplease, and we recently caught up with him to discuss his creative process, his thoughts on reading, and working with Richard Jenkins and Allison Janney. Liberal Arts has been gradually expanding its theatrical release since September 14th and will likely soon be coming to a theater near you (if it hasn't already arrived at one).
Check out the full interview below.
- Juan Guzman
Chicago – In “Liberal Arts,” the magical new film written and directed by Josh Radnor, characters have conversations that are actually worth listening to about subjects that are actually worth discussing. It reminds viewers of just how flat and perfunctory movie dialogue can become when it only serves to move along the plot.
Radnor stars as Jesse, a 35-year-old New Yorker who returns to his former school, Kenyon College (Radnor’s real-life alma mater), for his beloved professor’s retirement party, and becomes smitten with a 19-year-old sophomore, Zibby (played with beguiling radiance by Elizabeth Olsen). Hollywood Chicago spoke with Radnor about his love of classical music, his conflicting feelings toward Woody Allen and why he enjoys balancing film work with portraying Ted Mosby on “How I Met Your Mother.” Yet perhaps the best questions of all were inspired directly by Radnor’s dialogue.
HollywoodChicago.com: The script for your your first film, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Josh Radnor, perhaps best known for his role as Ted Mosby in TV’s How I Met Your Mother, showed us last year with Happythankyoumoreplease that not only could he act, but he could also direct and write. Now, he brings us his second film, Liberal Arts. Equally as pleasing and impressive as his first directorial effort, Liberal Arts once again confirms that Radnor is a true triple threat.
Recently, we sat down with Radnor and spoke briefly with him about the film. He discussed where the idea to write it came from, lessons learnt from his first film and much more.
Check it out below.
We Got This Covered: This being your second film behind the camera, did you have an easier time directing and what lessons did you learn on Happythankyoumoreplease that you applied here?
Josh Radnor: Well I guess the biggest lesson that I learnt on »
- Matt Joseph
Recently, we sat down and talked briefly with Olsen about the film. She discusses what attracted her to the project, some of her upcoming films, how her career has taken off and more.
Check it out below.
We Got This Covered: What attracted you to the film in the first place?
Elizabeth Olsen: I just got off doing my third psychological thriller and there’s something really nice about playing a girl who feels just a bit older than her years and is really excited about learning and living life. »
- Matt Joseph
Title: Liberal Arts Director: Josh Radnor Starring: Josh Radnor (TV’s ‘How I Met Your Mother’), Elizabeth Olsen (‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’), Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney and Zac Efron People often have memories of a particular time period in their lives that they often look back at with nostalgia, and remember them with an elevated admiration that they’re not worthy of receiving. That’s certainly the case amongst the main characters in the new comedy-drama ‘Liberal Arts,’ which is the directorial and writing follow up to actor Josh Radnor’s helming and script debut, the 2010 comedy-drama-romance ‘Happythankyoumoreplease.’ ‘Liberal Arts’ is a meaningful, thought-provoking look into how people of all ages continuously look [ Read More ] »
- Karen Benardello
The hurdles of independent filmmaking–or any creative endeavor–don’t end with a successful debut. If anything, the pressure to live up to the expectations on the heels of a breakthrough looms heavier than ever in the dreaded “sophomore slump.” Following Happythankyoumoreplease, Josh Radnor manages to not only avoid said slump, but also seamlessly captures the voice of a generation; floating between idealistic youth and the discontentment of fitting into adulthood. It’s even more impressive when considering that Radnor is already an established actor on his own hit television show. While utilizing his own alma mater, Kenyon College, at the heart of Liberal Arts, the How I Met Your Mother star pulls rank as a director, writer, and actor, and establishes himself as a unique storyteller bringing a distinct voice to an old formula.
Liberal Arts, which debuted at Sundance to a standing ovation earlier this year, offers »
- Niki Cruz
Opening this Friday in limited release is writer/director Josh Radnor’s excellent drama Liberal Arts. The film marks How I Met Your Mother star Radnor’s second directorial effort after 2010’s Happythankyoumoreplease and centers on a 35-year-old whose yearning for his glory days of college is intensified when he strikes up a romance with a 19-year-old college student (Elizabeth Olsen) over a shared love of music and literature. The film simultaneously captures the essence of being young and free as well as the post-college feeling of thinking your best days may be behind you. Radnor’s script is filled with insightful, funny characters that are perfectly embodied by the likes of Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, and Zac Efron. During a recent phone interview with Elizabeth Olsen, who plays the young, soulful Zibby with the charm and emotion of an actress twice her age, she talked about how she »
- Adam Chitwood
Title: Liberal Arts IFC Films Director: Josh Radnor Screenwriter: Josh Radnor Cast: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney, Richard Jenkins Screened at: Dolby24, NYC, 8/15/12 Opens: September 14, 2012 Here is an existential truth about our species: When we’re young, we want things speeded up, to put school behind us, to get with the real world. When we’re old we want things not just to stop but we’d like to turn back the clock. This axiom gets widespread exposure, both funny and poignant, in a terrific movie written, directed, and starring Josh Radnor—best known as Ted in the TV sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” Radnor, whose “Happythankyoumoreplease” deals with [ Read More ] »
- Harvey Karten
This month marks one of the most exciting times of the year for a film fan, as studios are finally beginning to show off their most promising movies of the year, either in theaters or on the festival circuit. We will be bringing extensive coverage of Tiff later in the month, but with the theatrical offerings (some from the aforementioned festival and many from Sundance), filmgoers have much to look forward to. I opted not to include re-releases of Finding Nemo and Raiders of the Lost Ark in order to highlight others that you can check out below.
Matinees: Girl Model (9/5), Detropia (9/5), Toys in the Attic (9/7), Hello I Must Be Going (9/7), 10 Years (9/14), Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (9/21), 17 Girls (9/21), Head Games (9/21), Dredd (9/21), The Hole (9/28), Starbuck (9/28)
Synopsis: A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
As expected, the film was wonderfully received, and so much so that it came to Sundance London in April, which is where I saw and fell in love with it. (And I can’t wait to see it again.)
Radnor stars in the lead opposite the rising young star, Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), and after the first trailer landed last month, Revolver Entertainment have put out a new UK trailer ahead of its release here next month.
“Newly single, 35, and uninspired by his job, Jesse Fisher worries that his best days are behind him. But no matter how much he buries his head in a book, life keeps pulling Jesse back. When his favourite college professor invites him to campus to speak at his retirement dinner, »
- Kenji Lloyd
“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.
When not distracted by the more offbeat, artistically inclined one-sheets for the amazing line-up gracing Toronto screens at Tiff this month, I was surprised to see a few good ones hit the September release schedule proper. Whether or not a couple of them find live on both lists is beside the point.
With enough to talk about that I don’t even need to bother with the umpteenth example of Milla Jovovich shooting a gun while skewed on the page in Resident Evil: Retribution (open September 14th) (poster »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Liberal Arts, 2012.
Written and Directed by Josh Radnor.
Jessie (Radnor) returns to his old college for his old professor’s retirement party and it’s during that weekend that he meets a student, Zibby (Olson). The two hit it off right away but the 16 year age difference poses a problem to their growing relationship.
Elizabeth Olson’s Zibby deems Josh Radnor’s Jesse a “snob” in one scene of Liberal Arts – a point of criticism that could be exercised in discussion of Radnor’s second writing and directorial feature. Radnor paints a picture of love, life and learning with copious amounts of brainy references, yet even with some ostentatious scripting the film feels wonderfully refreshing. Many may leave Liberal Arts complaining of its pretentiousness and pseudo-intellectual musings but these should not be taken as negative aspects of the filmmaking. »
The Fall movie season puts us smack dab in the middle of awards season. September begins with the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals underway and on the 6th day of the month critics descend on the Toronto Film Festival through the 16th. In the meantime, studios are ramping up for their fall slate with only a couple major titles throughout the month, a few more in October and then by November things really begin to roll. With this 2012 Fall Movie Preview I'm going to take a look at one month at a time beginning with September and moving all the way through the end of the year. So you're looking at four parts and it's going to take four days. I hope you're ready because there is a lot to get through. In September there is one sure-thing Oscar contender, two classics returning to theaters (one in 3D, the other in IMAX), a little sci-fi, »
- Brad Brevet
Actor Josh Radnor has made a career out of playing the nice, sensitive, and likable guy by starring as Ted Mosby in the series How I Met Your Mother since 2005. He also had done the nice-guy bit on the big screen by writing, directing, and starring in 2010's Happythankyoumoreplease, which is as optimistic and heartwarming as its title suggests. He has taken on acting, writing and directing duties again with Liberal Arts. While his character in the flick is again sensitive and well-meaning, he apparently ends up dating an undergrad. No matter how sensitive a guy is, it's always a little creepers when a man in his mid-thirties gets involved with a 19-year-old girl, even if that girl is Elizabeth Olsen.
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