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At Middleton 2014

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Oscar-nominees Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga shine as George and Edith, two parents who fall in love over the course of a single day while playing hooky from their children's college tour.

Starring:
Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga
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1 hour, 40 minutes

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Adam Rodgers
Starring Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga
Supporting actors Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, Nicholas Braun, Tom Skerritt, Peter Riegert, Mirjana Jokovic, Stephen Borrello IV, Daniella Garcia, Saxton Johnson, Sean Cook, Loretta Underwood, Kenny Parks Jr., Briana Henry, Joey Greer, Victoria James, Tony Doupe, Kent Kimball, Nike Imoru
Studio Anchor Bay
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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After reading some of the poor reviews, I wasn't sure what to expect-- but I had a hunch that the people giving the poor reviews were coming from a place of moralizing the characters rather than opening to the authentic emotion they portrayed. The teenaged characters were true to my experience of the current generation of teens, as were their interactions with their parents-- this is one of the things I loved about the film. It contrasted the "know-it-all" attitude of teens trying to break away from their parents, with their incredible vulnerability and need for parental direction. Both teens' character's were well developed, well acted, and so likable in the end.

As for the chemistry that develops between the two married parents-- so touching and realistic-- I thought the writer did a great job at allowing these characters to trust their marriages enough to engage in the innocent banter and play, which was so fun for the viewer, and which eventually begins to spark longing for what's missing in both their marriages (and perhaps the viewers too!). This so epitomizes the state of many marriages, particularly at the moment of empty-nesting. This film awakened in me a desire to reconnect with the kid in myself, and to open to being playful again with my partner. (spoiler alert for the rest of what I will say: I think it was perfect that these two characters opened each other to what they'd lost of themselves in their marriages, and yet ultimately chose to remain faithful (much as I personally and perhaps vicariously wanted them to just go for it!) I think it's just human to wrestle with the desire to pursue genuine connection/chemistry when it confronts you this way-- and it's good. These people weren't out looking for it.
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So many rom-coms. So many bad ones. Even the "romantic dramas" aren't very good -- just saw "Labor Day" with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, the latter playing an escaped convict who also happens to be the Perfect Man, doing small repairs on Winslet's house and baking peach pies. What a relief, therefore, to find a romantic drama featuring honest-to-god people to root for. "At Middleton" is a gem amongst the dross.

Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga, married to different people, are taking their respective kids to a tour of fictional Middleton College. They meet in the parking lot, and it isn't a good start: bow-tied Garcia is preparing to back into a spot, but Farmiga swoops in before he begins the process. Once they're out of their cars, there's a contretemps, ending with Farmiga going, "So you're one of those people?" (that is, one of those people who annoyingly back into parking spaces. I'm with Farmiga on this one: if you're too scared to back out of a parking space, you probably shouldn't be driving. Sorry.) As they part, muttering about each other to their respective kids as they head to the tour, it's clear that they don't stand a chance: Cupid has struck, and struck hard. He's overwhelmed by her girlishness, sharp wit, and mature beauty, and she ... well, as a man, I'm always a little uncertain about what motivates women. I would imagine Garcia's whole rocking-the-Cary-Grant-from-"Bringing Up Baby" thing is irresistible to her. She wants to squeeze him like a big puppy, I guess. Basically, they're so thunderstruck by each other that they each find excuses to bail on their kids and the tour in order to hang out with each other all day.
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Heart surgeon and straight-laced type, George Hartman (Andy Garcia), is taking his unimpressed son, Conrad (Spencer Lofranco), to take the "two hour tour" of the academic and visually pleasing Middleton University in the beautiful state of Washington. He soon is joined in the parking lot by Edith Martin (Vera Farmiga), who is also bringing her opinionated daughter, Audrey (Taissa Farmiga, Vera's actual sister). Edith is a free spirited, beautiful woman and is more cautious about the University's safety than her daughter appears to be. She is also pretty witty from the outset.

The two teens are not all that enthused about having to go on this tour with the guide, Justin (Nicolas Braun), better known as 'The Dingleberry', although this is how they are able to view what may be the school they will be attending. They appear so informed already and a bit bored with it all. As the group of intended students and their family members begin, Conrad and Audrey's parents purposely get separated from everyone for an adventure of their own. Edith hops on a student's parked bike and taunts George until he does the same. Like a couple of teens themselves, they take off for the day together.

Directed by Adam Rodgers, this is a feeling story which is much more about the two adult's lives and much less about their children's. George and Edith are like vinegar and oil when they first start out, then their tangible chemistry just oozes to the surface. Farmiga shines while pitching sarcastic one-liners at Garcia who is the perfect straight man for her quipping. The dialogue takes on a tone that is witty, wisecracking, and extremely likable for the two leads. Throughout the day, these two experience several different people, places and situations together.
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