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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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Josh Radnor (written by)
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Release Date:
5 October 2012 (Ireland) See more »
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Tagline:
Sometimes students make the best teachers.
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Liberal Arts - A+ See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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

Trivia:
Although not mentioned by name, the "vampire book" that sparks an argument between the two main characters is based on "Twilight". Elizabeth Reaser, who plays Ana in this film, also plays Esme Cullen in the "Twilight" movies. In the film, the book's title is "Lunar Moon". Its cover is similar to that of "Twilight".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Zefiro torna (Ciaccona)See more »

FAQ

What is the book Dean is always reading (and Jesse's favourite too)?
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47 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Liberal Arts - A+, 21 April 2012
Author: Catt Jones (cattjones@chixchatonfilm.com) from TX, United States

I am going to start out by saying that I loved this film. I think that Josh Radnor did an excellent job writing, directing and starring in this film. The film conveyed that no matter how old you get, you still have more growing to do. The film also demonstrated the hustle and bustle of city life and the calm, serene climate of the country. It also took me back to my years in college and how intense that part of your life really is and the influence that it has on you. There is always one or two instructors that makes an impression on you in college and for Jesse (Josh Radnor) it was Professor Judith Fairfield (Allison Janney) and Professor Peter Hoberg (Richard Jenkins). Judith was feisty and deliberate and had a no-holds-barred kind of attitude, while Peter was struggling with his decision-making skills. (By the way, my favorite professor was Dr. Spradley who taught me all about technical writing). The relationship that develops between Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen) and Jesse is educational in the fact that they both have something to learn from the other. I think that the lessons that they learned maybe even educated the audience a little (I know that is how I felt). The relationship between Jesse and Dean (John Magaro) was a heart-tugging event. Dean kind of reminded me of Will in Good Will Hunting. There are people in this world that are naturally talented in certain things and that is the one thing that they want to do the least. The only character that seemed to have everything pretty much figured out was Nat (Zac Efron). Out of all the characters in this film, I liked him the most. He was quirky, funny and surprisingly insightful. I remember thinking that as strange as he was; I could see myself hanging out with him. Every time he would appear on screen you just knew that he was going to put a smile on your face. I still have a couple of films to see during this film festival, but I have to say that so far this one is my favorite. I hope that when this film comes out to the general public that it does really well. Josh should be very proud of himself for putting together such an engaging piece of work. Pure entertainment! I am giving this film and A+ and a glaring green light.

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