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A hit at the Sundance Film Festival, LIBERAL ARTS is about a bookish and newly single Jesse Fisher (Josh Radnor, "How I Met Your Mother") is a university admissions counselor in his mid-thirties living in New York City who returns to his Ohio alma mater for a retirement dinner honoring Peter Hoburg (Richard Jenkins, The Cabin in the Woods), his favorite English professor. A chance meeting on campus with 19-year-old Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy Mae Marlene) - a precocious undergrad who loves classical music, improv and Twilight - awakens in Jesse long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection. The pair strikes up a long-distance epistolary romance, prompting Jesse to return to campus for another visit. Although Zibby appears beyond her years, the age-difference between the budding paramours weights heavily on Jesse, who is torn between moving forward in life, and holding on to the indelible memories of his own university years. Featuring a rich assortment of peripheral characters, including a mystically upbeat party animal (Zac Efron, 17 Again), a brooding young depressive (John Magaro, The Brave One), and a feisty Romantics professor (Allison Janney, The Help), LIBERAL ARTS explores the emotional tug-of-war between youth and adulthood, as played out on a leafy Midwest campus that is both Eden-like and tumultuous - and entirely unforgettable.