Director Josh Radnor Majoring in 'Liberal Arts' with Elizabeth Olsen

March 24, 2011
Source: THR

Josh Radnor

Most probably know him as Ted in the hit CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," but actor Josh Radnor made his debut as a filmmaker last year at the Sundance Film Festival with HappyThankYouMorePlease (watch the trailer here), a film that he wrote and directed. Alex gave it a pretty positive review, so it's probably good news that THR reports Radnor will be at the helm of Liberal Arts, another film which he also wrote. In addition, Elizabeth Olsen, sister of the Olsen twins and breakout star of not one, but two films at this year's Sundance Film Festival has joined the cast which will also feature Radnor in the lead role yet again.

The film follows a 35 year-old (Radnor), still yearning for the life of a college student, who must come to terms with his age and responsibilities. Olsen plays a 19-year-old college student who falls for Radnor’s character over a shared love of music and literature. She wants to make it work with the man but her immaturity makes it impossible for her to see the obvious obstacles. Radnor has some genuine charm so his presence on the big screen is warmly welcomed, and while I can't speak for Olsen's talents having missed Martha Marcy May Marlene (her most buzzed about performance at Sundance), word on the street is the girl has talent. After all she also snagged a role in Red Lights, the next film from Buried director Rodrigo Cortés. We'll find out soon enough. Interested?

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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments


HappyThankYouMorePlease was good, I'll check this one out as well

Tolson14 on Mar 24, 2011


where does zac efron come into the story?!

gaby on May 3, 2012


Josh Radnor is a poser. No one outside a very small clique of "artistic" types saw his first film, and "Ted" is terribly forgettable in HIMYM - in no small part due to poor acting. This film won't be a flop only because it doesn't have a budget, but it won't break out either. Suspiciously creepy sidenote: has anyone noticed how Radnor regularly puts himself in roles whereby his "character" is dating a much younger girl? Uugh.

Guest on Jun 14, 2012


No one outside a "very small clique of artistic types" saw his first film because the publicity for it wansn't great. Ted is not forgettable, not only is he the starring role of the show, he is also the heart of it, and his acting has gotten better, specially in physical comedy, which is always a plus. He's written two films, and in the first one he was dating Kate Mara`s character and she is what people would call "age appropriate". Liberal Arts however has character with age gap of 15 (?) years, but it doesn't make it creepy, I would watch the movie before commenting something like this, even if I don't like the dude who wrote it. It's not nice to criticize something you don't have any knowledge of.

Janet on Aug 11, 2012

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