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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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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 »
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Great movie for college students and grads 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 Arroyo .... sound mixer: New York City
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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Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, mature thematic material, and some teen drinking
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97 min
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Trivia:
The book that Jesse is reading on his way to the laundromat is "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Just before and after the first hug scene of Jesse and Zibby in the theater, when they are walking together (to and fro), we see a girl in grey top and black pants walking in the same direction twice.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:
Piano Concerto No. 5: 2nd MovementSee more »

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What is the book Dean is always reading (and Jesse's favourite too)?
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48 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Great movie for college students and grads, 7 June 2012
Author: Chocolate_Swan from United States

*This review was previously submitted as an assignment in my film class, which is the reason for its formality and structure.*

"Liberal Arts," written and directed by Josh Radnor, deals with the often-crushing reality of post-college life and the pedestal on which the seemingly idyllic college years are placed. Though the film often runs the risk of becoming an intellectually preachy vanity piece, its genuinely smart writing and relentlessly likable cast elevates it to an honest, enjoyable study of college and its aftermath.

Radnor stars as 35-year-old Jesse, a college recruiter with an unmarketable English/history degree who is nostalgic for his own days at a picturesque Ohio university. When an old professor (Richard Jenkins) invites him back to campus for his retirement dinner, Jesse finds himself drawn to smart, peppy student Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen), despite his discomfort at the age difference between them. While exploring their latent relationship at his alma mater, Jesse encounters his most influential former professor (Allison Janney), a clinically depressed student (John Magaro), and some realizations about his own aims in life.

Given the subject matter and setting, it's expected that the characters will pride themselves on their intellect and sophistication, and this gives way to some contrived, artsy dialogue, such as a letter montage (never easy to pull off) between Jesse and Zibby in which they wax poetic about classical music, which sounds smart in writing but comes off as unconvincing and pretentious when spoken, accompanied heavy-handedly by poignant New York scenery. However, the witty, laugh-out-loud dialogue usually keeps the film and characters from feeling like they take themselves too seriously, making determinedly highbrow scenes like this clash uncomfortably with the generally self-aware tone.

Radnor writes his character into enough glamorous situations (all the significant female characters sleep with him or try to at some point) and makes him sound over-educated enough that the film could have easily felt like a shameless vanity piece, but he plays Jesse so affably that there's not much room to mind. It's quite believable that his character would attract even young girls, with his naturally youthful looks and self-deprecating charm. Olsen does well with an even more challenging character; Zibby comes dangerously close to the "manic pixie dream girl" archetype of indies, but Olsen plays her with a sweet innocence that never feels fake and, when called on for dramatic moments, she is every bit a real college girl – wounded, vulnerable, and ultimately clueless about where she's going in life. Zac Efron flits in and out as a wisdom-dispensing stoner who may or may not be a figment of Jesse's imagination, offering some of the best laughs in the film.

Arguably the best performances, though, are given by Jenkins and Magaro. Jenkins plays the professor every student wants; like the film itself, he doesn't take himself too seriously but is utterly devoted to the school. He delivers some of the best acting in the film when he pleads for his job back mere days after retiring. Magaro is strangely touching as a college student perhaps closer to the norm than the Zibbies of the world: miserable in school, there solely to please his family, and constantly on the brink of a mental breakdown. In his limited screen time, he creates an oddly heart-winning character despite his sullen demeanor.

"Liberal Arts" is an enjoyable, cleverly written film that should strike a note with college students current and former. The witty writing and earnest cast make its few pretentious missteps easy to brush off affectionately.

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