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Liberal Arts


Josh Radnor is that rare thing: a writer-director who thinks like an actor but still knows how to create a comedy with shape and vision. Liberal Arts is the best movie about college I’ve seen since I don’t know what...Dryly affectionate and super-sharp. Elizabeth Olsen is every inch a star.

— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Presented by IFC Films | United States | Sep 14th, 2012 | 98 MINS | PG13

Newly single, 35, and uninspired by his job, Jesse Fisher (writer/director Josh Radnor) 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 favorite college professor invites him to campus to speak at his retirement dinner, Jesse jumps at the chance. He is prepared for the nostalgia of the dining halls and dorm rooms, the parties and poetry seminars; what he doesn’t see coming is Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen)—a beautiful, precocious, classical-music-loving sophomore. Zibby awakens scary, exciting, long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection that Jesse thought he had buried forever.


  • Josh Radnor


  • Jesse Hara
  • Josh Radnor
  • Brice Dal Farra
  • Claude Dal Farra
  • Lauren Munsch

Executive Producers

  • Paul Prokop
  • Peter Graham
  • Stephen Hays


  • Josh Radnor