Poster For Josh Radnor's Sundance Hit Liberal Arts
In 2010, How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor tried his hand at filmmaking, writing and directing the chipper ensemble piece Happythankyoumoreplease. The film, which centered on a batch of twenty-something New Yorkers struggling with love, delighted crowds at the Sundance Film Festival that year, and went on to win its coveted Audience Award. Surprisingly, when the cumbersomely titled comedy came to theaters in the spring of 2011, it was generally jeered by critics. Personally, I can't really understand why--I adored the comedy, which wore its big heart on its sleeve.
Anyway, Radnor soldiered through the rough reviews and shot his sophomore effort Liberal Arts last summer. He then returned to Sundance this year, where the dramedy premiered to appreciative audiences—who gave the film a standing ovation—and won over critics. And now BCDF Pictures is beginning to pave the way for Liberal Arts' eventual theatrical run with a poster—viewable full-size at IMP Awards—that shows its stars (Radnor and repeat Sundance stunner Elizabeth Olsen), while namedropping such incredible talent as Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, and Elizabeth Reaser. Also Zac Efron.
Once again, Radnor fronts his film, this time playing Jesse Fisher, a newly single thirty-something who fears his best days are already behind him. But all that changes when he takes the chance to return to his alma mater to sing the praises of a beloved professor. Surrounded by the familiar campus, he's filled with nostalgia and pines for his youth and its lost opportunities. It's in this vulnerable state that he meets Zibby (Olsen), a spirited sophomore with a lust for life and a love of classical music. Through her, Jesse will learn that life is what you make of it.
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