UK Release Date: 5th October 2012.

Stars: Josh Radnor (director & actor), Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, Zac Efron.

Plot: When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor’s retirement party, he falls for Zibby (is that really a name?), a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them.

Josh Radnor is best known as the romantic relationship chasing and hopeless Ted Mosby on American sitcom How I Met Your Mother but this is his second feature length film as director, writer and actor. The first was Happythankyoumoreplease back in 2010 which, just like Liberal Arts, was a romantic comedy.

I think the trailer for Liberal Arts is very good and it looks as though it could be one of the most beautiful films of the year. It does have the feel of a small independent film and I think the trailer shows that the love story between Radnor’s and Olsen’s characters will be a great one; you get a good indication from the trailer that the chemistry is very real between them.

The story may seem a little bit recycled: teacher falls for a student. That’s because it is. But nonetheless it does make for interesting viewings and a lot of premises seem similar but it is the characters that are different and the journey that they go on that keeps audiences interested. Liberal Arts will have a limited release so it won’t attract large audiences but I think it could be a hidden little gem in a year where big blockbusters and franchises have been the talk of the cinema.

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