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Sundance 2012: ‘Liberal Arts’ is Smartly Funny, Not Exactly Profound

Last year “How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor made his directorial debut with the fluffy, feel-good film HappyThankYouMorePlease, and while it pleased the audience, it wasn’t exactly a home run with the critics. This time around, Radnor brings the same charm with Liberal Arts, but in a more mature package complete with witty writing and a perfect presentation of the struggles one endures in college as they begin to become an adult and also in their later years as they desperately try to hold on to their younger days. However, the film isn’t completely a winner as it snobbishly attempts to be wiser than the audience. In Liberal Arts, Jesse Fisher (Radnor) gets invited back to his alma mater as one of his favorite professors (Richard Jenkins) invites him back to celebrate his retirement. In his visit, he meets Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen) the 19-year old daughter of one …

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