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Liberal Arts (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 5 October 2012 (UK)
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When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them.

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Thirty-five year old Jesse Fisher, an admissions officer at a New York City post-secondary institution he who loves English and literature, has somewhat lost his passion in life, which includes recently being unceremoniously dumped by his latest girlfriend, who could no longer be the person to prop him up emotionally. He has a chance to find that passion again when he is invited to the retirement dinner of his second favorite Ohio University college professor, Peter Hoberg, as his time there was when his life held the most passion. Jesse's encounters with five people there may determine if he does find that passion again. They are: Hoberg, who is resisting the notion of retirement; Judith Fairfield, Jesse's favorite professor, although for a different reason than his like of Hoberg; Nat, a free spirit who navigates life at the institution on his own terms; undergraduate student Dean, who Jesse sees as a younger more destructive version of himself; and nineteen year old undergraduate ... Written by Huggo

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Sometimes students make the best teachers.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, mature thematic material, and some teen drinking | See all certifications »

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5 October 2012 (UK)  »

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Amor e Letras  »

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$27,435 (USA) (16 September 2012)

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$317,190 (USA) (18 November 2012)
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The Soundtrack uses classical music through a discussion after a class Zibby takes. The music used includes:
  • Beethoven's Sixth symphony, 1st movement - Herbert von Karajan with Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Wagner - Overture to Tannhauser
  • Mozart - Cosi fan Tutte aria
  • Vivaldi - Guistino - Vedro con mio diletto (sung by Philippe Jaroussky)
  • Monteverdi - 9th Book of Madrigals "Zefiro Torna" (sung by Philippe Jarrousky and Nuria Rial)
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At the very beginning of the film, during the series of quick cuts denoting the passage of time, none of the items on any of the furniture change positions. See more »

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[first lines]
Jesse Fisher: You know, high school to college, it can be a big transition, especially if you're not from the city, so - so we try yo help out with that transition, in a number of ways.
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Cali Frame
Written by Mone Smith
Performed by Medusa
Courtesy of Einogratsky/Sobel
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Entertaining, humorous, and charming.
1 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These days it is very rare to find a well rounded film with a good moral. While Josh Radnor is know for his raunchy sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," he has many hidden talents that the show does not utilize. As a writer, director, and actor he is superb, and he brings a refreshing change of pace to not only the drama industry, but the film industry in general. From the opening sequence to the credits the film is thoroughly entertaining, and intelligent. Elizabeth Olsen was enthusiastic and energetic, just as Zibby should have been portrayed. Zac Efron was surprisingly humorous, and his slightly off-key character adds a certain lightness to such a dramatic film. Every cast member was perfectly cast, the script is humor, entertaining, and charming. The most astonishing aspect of the film was the use of a classical soundtrack, a general push toward fine arts, great classic literature references, and the idea presented that love and music join us all together. No matter what your particular tastes in film in I urge you to take the time and watch 'Liberal Arts,' you will not be sorry.


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