Being lost and adrift in your mid-30s is a familiar sensation of a certain generation, and “How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor captures that with “Liberal Arts,” his upcoming sophomore feature directorial effort.
After winning the Audience Award at Sundance in 2010 for “happythankyoumoreplease,” Radnor arrived in Park City in January with another movie under his arm, and one that once again finds its characters at a crossorads. The writer, director and actor stars as Jesse, a 35-year-old liberts art college grad, working in the admissions office of a local university, who takes up the invitation of an old professor (Richard Jenkins) to visit him at his alma mater, where he’s heading into retirement. While there, he meets Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen), a 19 year-old college student, and the two soon form a quick bond, with the relationship forcing Jesse to take a hard look at his life.
Earning strong buzz out of Sundance, and with a supporting cast that includes Allison Janney and Zac Efron, this is one that should be worth tracking down. “Liberal Arts” opens via IFC Films in New York City and Los Angeles on September 14th and will roll out from there. Check out our exclusive poster for the movie below.