A 35-year-old man falls for a 19-year-old woman ... oh, the cutesy conflicts of twee indie melodramas.
In case you didn't know that life isn't quite all you think it's going to be once you leave the alternate reality that is college, Josh Radnor has made a movie about it. And he even got Elizabeth Olsen to play the teenage vixen who represents the life he kinda wishes he could go back to.
We're probably being a little too hard on "Liberal Arts," but there's only so much "Sundance-ness" we can take before we start rolling our eyes. To be fair, both Radnor and Olsen both look like they do some excellent work as the "older man" and the "younger woman," respectively (duh), and movies automatically become classier whenever Richard Jenkins shows up — even when he has to say indie-ish lines like "I know Ohio is not as glamorous as New York, but..."
Oh, and Zac Efron is apparently in this movie, too, though you certainly wouldn't know it from the trailer. We assume he plays Olsen's boyfriend (such as there are "boyfriends" and "girlfriends" in college), and we assume he probably doesn't approve of this older fella hanging 'round his lady.
Finally, what's up with the Icon Entertainment logo taking up the first 14 seconds of the trailer? Does Mel Gibson want us to linger on it long enough to remember that Mel Gibson founded Icon Entertainment?
Check out the first look at "Liberal Arts" below, and thanks to Collider for the find. The film opens on Sept. 14.