Josh Radnor Goes Back to School In ‘Liberal Arts’ Trailer

This isn’t the first time Josh Radnor has played a university professional on-screen. Beginning in Season Five of How I Met Your Mother, his monogamy-seeking narrator, Ted Mosby, became an architecture professor at a university in New York. For Liberal Arts, his Sundance-selection second stint as writer/director of a full-length feature film after the tepidly-received dramedy happythankyoumoreplease, Radnor plays Jesse, a college administrator invited back to his alma mater for his favorite professor’s (Richard Jenkins) retirement party. Along the way, he falls love with Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen of Martha Marcy May Marlene) a sophomore and the daughter of his favorite professor. Adding to the university nostalgia, Randor shot the film at his own alma mater, Kenyon College in Ohio. 

For those who didn’t catch it at Sundance, the trailer, released this week, has all the trappings of a college brochure: greying intellectuals, bros playing Ultimate Frisbee on the quad, a swaying indie soundtrack. There’s even a few Facebook profile-worthy soundbites, most notably when Jenkins says, "Nobody ever feels like an adult. That’s the world’s dirtiest secret." Also, Zac Efron and Allison Janney are in it. 

Liberal Arts premiered at Sundance back in January and will begin a limited release on September 14th. The first smattering of reviews are mixed but leaning slightly towards favorable (60% on Rotten Tomatoes). We’ll let you make your own call after watching the trailer. 

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