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At Middleton

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mature romance, empty nest syndrome in flat college drama.

Movie R 2014 100 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+


This is a terrific film for parents to help Their kids when leaving home.....stuff is not always what you think it’s supposed to be.
age 16+

Seemingly simple movie with beautiful message.

This movie is great for just a had a crappy day and need some light humor and love. It was a beautifully written movie that is easily one of my favorite go to movies. Vera Farmiga did just beautiful in this and so did Andy Garcia. It's a cute little romance movie that I think you should defiantly give a chance on family night.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

One can see the scaffolding of a better, subtler, more complex movie beneath this thinly woven, ill-structured version. Where to start? Perhaps the travesty of casting Garcia as an uptight, fuddy-duddy surgeon, a misuse of the great actor if there ever was one. And then there's the equally talented Farmiga, who marinates her entire performance in exaggerated effort, wringing it almost entirely, save for a few exceptions, of nuance. It's criminal, actually, especially considering the two have chemistry. (That's what saves it from being a complete wipeout. That and the basic plot, which has so much potential.)

But it's lost here amid the feckless dialogue -- feckless being a word that appears in the script often, at first in a witty flourish and, later, as a symbol of At Middleton's actual fecklessness -- and strange tonal shifts. It starts off goofy and improves much too late when it stops trying too hard to be funny and allows its themes -- the alienation parents can face when their children prepare to leave for college, among them -- to gain traction. One can see the scaffolding of a better, subtler, more complex movie beneath this thinly woven, ill-structured version. A shame it couldn't show up at Middleton.

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