In At Middleton, Adults Acting Like Undergrads

Farmiga and Andy Garcia give it their all but can't keep this movie afloat.

In <I>At Middleton</I>, Adults Acting Like Undergrads
Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga in At Middleton

Set on a fictional college campus and taking place over the course of a single day, Adam Rodgers's At Middleton zeros in on the tension between fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and the way new environments and unease over the future draw people together, even when two of them are married.

Andy Garcia plays an uptight, bow-tie-wearing heart surgeon with an unenthused son, while Vera Farmiga is a considerably more with-it seller of high-end children's furniture whose daughter (played by Farmiga's much younger sister, Taissa) is eager but resentful.

The two adults reveal far too much of their latent unhappiness to one another and generally behave as only movie characters would, which is to say that At Middleton doesn't resemble the Before trilogy or Certified Copy -- which likewise take place largely in real-time and consist of little more than conversation -- as much as you might hope.

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AMC Empire 25

234 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: West 40s

City Cinemas Village East Cinema

181-189 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10012

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Noho

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At Middleton
Directed by Adam Rodgers
Anchor Bay
Opens January 31, AMC Empire 25 and Village East



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Farmiga and Garcia nevertheless give it their all, and their chemistry keeps certain scenes afloat. The more generic their dialogue, the more heroic their performances seem. But much like their characters, whose day consists of blowing off their kids mid-tour, absconding with unattended bikes, and barging in on a class, the film overstays its welcome.

What starts out mildly charming is mostly tiresome by the time they start doing bong rips in a random student's dorm room.

 
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slowbeard
slowbeard

@scott_tobias Totally. It's always nice to see performers refuse to phone in roles that don't require much more than that.

 

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