Shortly after his girlfriend dumps him, Jesse receives a call from an old college professor (Jenkins) who invites him back to his former university in order to give a speech. Jesse spends his time back at school reminiscing of a time when he was free to enjoy literature and converse with like-minded individuals. However, it's the introduction of Zibby (Olsen), a wide-eyed and innocent 19-year-old whose infectious optimism has yet to be deflated by the 'real world' which really makes an impression in Jesse's life.
Whilst Liberal Arts lacks any distinctive style or artistic panache from Radnor, it's populated with deeply fascinating characters. Olsen, whilst failing to ignite in the same way she did in her remarkable breakthrough performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), remains an incredibly watchable presence, whilst the inclusion of Jenkins can bring warmth and charm to even the most mediocre of scripts.
One of the highlights of this year's Sundance London Film and Music Festival, Liberal Arts is clearly never going to attain the same acclaim of its financially-backed peers, yet will undoubtedly find itself a deserving cult audience prepared to give it the appreciation it so rightly deserves.
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