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Liberal Arts -- Josh Radnor & Elizabeth Olsen in a comic coming-of-age story about an unlikely romance.
Liberal Arts -- When thirty-something Jesse returns home for his father's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with the powerful attraction that springs up between them.


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Harold Manning (french adaptation)
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Release Date:
5 October 2012 (Ireland) See more »
Sometimes students make the best teachers.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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
Ned Daunis ... Eric

Gregg Edelman ... Robert
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chelsea Chrostowski ... Smiling Woman (uncredited)
Richard Doone ... Man in Bookstore Line (uncredited)

Caroline Lindy ... Hostess (uncredited)

Travis Alan McAfee ... Laundromat Thief (uncredited)
Andrea R. Perry ... Background College Student (uncredited)
Benjamin Viccellio ... Christian (uncredited)

Michael Weston ... Miles (uncredited)
Angelic Zambrana ... Tina (uncredited)

Directed by
Josh Radnor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harold Manning  french adaptation
Josh Radnor  written by

Produced by
Brice Dal Farra .... producer
Claude Dal Farra .... producer
Peter Graham .... executive producer
Jesse Hara .... producer
Stephen Hays .... executive producer
Lauren Munsch .... producer
Paul Prokop .... executive producer
Josh Radnor .... producer
Bryan Thomas .... co-producer
Original Music by
Ben Toth 
Cinematography by
Seamus Tierney (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael R. Miller 
Casting by
Deborah Maxwell Dion 
Jessica Kelly 
Suzanne Smith  (as Suzanne Smith Crowley)
Production Design by
Jade Healy 
Art Direction by
Scott Kuzio 
Costume Design by
Deborah Newhall 
Makeup Department
Jessica Kelleher .... key makeup artist: New York City
Amanda Korfine .... key hair stylist: New York City
Chansopheak Tong .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Wendy Cox .... executive in charge of production
Kellie Morrison .... unit production manager
Jeremy Newmark .... post production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katie Botkin .... second assistant director
Chad Rosen .... first assistant director
Travis Alan McAfee .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ned Daunis .... art department production assistant
Leyna Haller .... on-set dresser
Tim Linden .... property master
Jon Marco .... graphic designer
Daniel Mcdonnell .... leadman (as Daniel McDonnell)
Thomas Reynolds .... property master: New York City (as Tom Reynolds)
Sound Department
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound mixer: New York City (as Antonio Arroyo)
Henry Auerbach .... supervising sound editor
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Wade Barnett .... foley editor
Junior Cyrus Baron .... boom operator: New York City (as Junior Baron)
Ethan Beigel .... adr editor
Ryan Collins .... sound effects editor
Chris Foster .... foley mixer (as Christ Foster)
Justin Herman .... sound engineer
Sang Kim .... dialogue editor
Tim Limer .... mix recordist
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Jim Morgan .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer (as Leslie Schatz)
David 'Lion' Thompson .... boom operator (as David Thompson)
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Amanda Ayres .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (uncredited)
A. Josh Reinhardt .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Susan Chrysler .... video assistant
Dylan Coates .... generator operator
Cameron Dingwall .... first assistant camera: New York City
Chris Frumkes .... best boy electric: New York City
Michael Fuchs .... steadicam operator: New York City
Todd Giresi .... key grip: New York City
Tarik Hameedi .... camera operator: New York City
Tarik Hameedi .... steadicam operator
Matt Hayes .... electrician
Jacob Hutchings .... still photographer: New York City
Chance Madison .... additional grip
Brian McCafferty .... best boy grip: New York City
Kathryn Moss .... first assistant camera (as Kathryn Comkowycz)
Kevin Moss .... still photographer
Patrick Neri .... digital utility: New York City
Carolyn Pender .... second assistant camera
Carolyn Pender .... second assistant camera: New York City
Felipe Solares .... company electric
Joseph Thompson .... company grip
Ryan Thompson .... best boy grip
Marty Ulbrich .... best boy electric
Jeff Villars .... key grip
Matt Zschoche .... gaffer (as Matthew Zschoche)
Wendell Adkins .... aerial photography (uncredited)
Justin Dickson .... electrician (uncredited)
Chris Salamone .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Will Arbery .... extras casting
Amy Hutchings .... extras casting: New York City
Erin Darke .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosa J. Colón .... wardrobe supervisor (as Rosa Colón)
Rosa J. Colón .... wardrobe supervisor: New York City (as Rosa Colón)
Caroline Lindy .... costume production assistant
Caroline Lindy .... costume production assistant: New York City
Editorial Department
Lauren Berke .... post production intern
Becca Berry .... assistant editor (as Rebecca Berry)
Nick Loud .... dailies production assistant
Gareth Molan .... trailer editor
Jeremy Newmark .... colorist
Jeremy Newmark .... digital imaging supervisor
Mathieu Reid .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Jonathan Bartz .... additional orchestrator
Michael Brake .... music editor
Vincent Cirilli .... additional music engineering
Andrew Gowan .... music supervisor
Gabriel Kahane .... composer: additional music
Ben Toth .... orchestrator
Jonathan Scott Miller .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Diamond .... transportation captain: New York City
Jude Donnelly .... driver: New York City
Michael Giunta .... driver: New York City
Carl Hettling .... driver: New York City
Other crew
Sam Barickman .... intern
Carolyn Campbell .... stand-in
Michael Corbett .... stand-in
John 'JR' Craigmile .... controller: BCDF
Parry Creedon .... production coordinator
Matthew Crowley .... office production assistant (as Matt Crowley)
Lee Davidson .... location assistant: New York City
Lee Davidson .... location intern
Olenka Denysenko .... script supervisor
Olenka Denysenko .... script supervisor: New York City
Liz Doernhoefer .... stand-in
Nicole Evranian .... production assistant: New York City
Robert Fine .... intern
Shelley Fort .... intern
Grace Gardner .... accounting production assistant
Genevieve Gouaux .... executive assistant
Quincy Gow .... location assistant: New York City
Raymond Gross .... legal services: 120db Film Finance, Gipson Hoffman & Pancione
Colette Hallinan .... post-production accountant
Harry Hanson .... location intern
Kevin Hindley .... script clearance research: IndieClear
Madeline Jobrack .... intern
Sarah Johnsrude .... intern
Jake Kaufman .... location intern (as Jacob Kaufman)
Candee Kramer .... intern
Aaron Lynn .... intern
Jason Newmark .... title designer
Brianna Parry .... office production assistant
J.D. Ramage .... production assistant
Lydia Rhoads .... intern
Wilson Rivas .... craft service: New York City
Justin Rosini .... location manager
Justin Rosini .... location manager: New York City
Kaye Scholer .... legal services
Dana Schwartz .... assistant: Josh Radnor
Justin Shipley .... assistant: Josh Radnor
Nicki Slack .... production assistant: New York City
Jason Stant .... production accountant
Conor Tazewell .... location intern
Samantha Turner .... assistant location manager
Samantha Turner .... assistant location manager: New York City
Zachary Zaremba .... craft service
Brendan Zoltowski .... intern
Brendan Zoltowski .... production assistant: New York City
Zoe Bower .... post facilities manager (uncredited)
Jonathan Burkhart .... production consultant (uncredited)
Tana David .... post facilities manager (uncredited)
Jackie Berkowitz .... the producers wish to thank
Victoria Bousis .... special thanks
Carrie Byalick .... the producers wish to thank
Philander Chase .... the producers wish to thank
Jen Dana .... the producers wish to thank
Christo Dimassis .... special thanks
Melissa Fox .... the producers wish to thank (as Melissa Manfro)
Fillip Hord .... the producers wish to thank
Andrew Hurwitz .... the producers wish to thank
Jeremy Kaufman .... special thanks
Brian Keady .... special thanks
Ashley M. Kent .... the producers wish to thank (as Ashley Kent)
Elana Krausz .... special thanks
Judith Light .... the producers wish to thank
Fred Linger .... the producers wish to thank
Warner Loughlin .... special thanks
Georgia Nugent .... the producers wish to thank
Benjamin Viccellio .... special thanks (as Ben Viccellio)

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, mature thematic material, and some teen drinking
97 min
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Did You Know?

The book that Jesse is reading on his way to the laundromat is "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy.See more »
Miscellaneous: One of the early listings in the final credits is missing an "s" - "First Assitant Camera"See more »
[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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All the Girls Be Mad At MeSee more »


What is the book Dean is always reading (and Jesse's favourite too)?
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Charm and Wonderful Acting Make for a Worthwhile Watch, 6 January 2013
Author: Sal Belmondo from United States

The hyphenate that is this Josh Radnor guy presents a somewhat thin but ultimately rewarding film with LIBERAL ARTS. The story is a charming one—jaded New Yorker makes an excursion back to his alma mater in Ohio and meets a much younger and gorgeous kindred spirit who forces him to self-reflect. But unfortunately, it's also a story that provides enough material for an 80 minute film which Radnor stretches out to around 97 minutes. Thus, some of the film drags a bit. Luckily, Radnor casts actors with incredible talent who breathe life into the film when it begins to deflate.

Elizabeth Olsen, specifically, is an ace. In a character reversal from her breakthrough in MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, she is beautiful and funny, effortlessly natural. The scenes featuring her make the film. Watching her this early in her career and contemplating just how much potential she has and what she'll be able to do with it is exciting for any movie lover. Richard Jenkins is wonderful as always, as is Allison Janney. Even Zac Efron, making a humorous cameo appearance, helps liven things up a bit. The bond shared between Radnor's character and a depressed, anti-social undergrad, played by John Magaro, is particularly sincere.

The film seems to be a meditative-lite work. It's brooding and thoughtful, but it's not something that will permeate your thoughts or stick with you days after watching. But it isn't supposed to be. (At least I don't think so.) The film is probably significantly more appealing to a select group of people—mainly those with a "liberal arts" background, or those able to register all of the literary references—but that is not to say the film is only for some. The pleasant romantic-comedy-ish-drama story and the aforementioned acting is enough to create a film anyone can enjoy if they try. If the viewer tries to get past the somewhat pretentious collegiate talk, tries to hold on for the somewhat slow moments, tries to watch the film as a light and entertaining piece to pass 90-something minutes, it's highly recommended. Seek it out.

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