'At Middleton' [Blu ray]
(Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga, Peter Riegert, Tom Skerritt, et al / Blu ray / NR / 2014 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star as straight-laced, George and eccentric Edith, two strangers who meet on their children’s college tour at the idyllic Middleton University. Despite their opposing temperaments, George and Edith play hooky together, ditching the textbook tour for a carefree afternoon reminiscent of their youth. But what begins as an afternoon of fun soon becomes a revealing and enlightening experience that will change their lives forever!
Blu ray Verdict: Two people, both in complacent marriages, meet by chance one morning, fall in love, and then, at the end of the day, go back to their own, separate lives. I know that sounds like the plot of Noel Coward's 'Brief Encounter,' but it also applies to 'At Middleton,' a pleasant romantic comedy.
Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga play parents of college-ready kids, who are spending an "open house" day at Middleton University. Staid Garcia is a heart surgeon, traveling with his son (Spencer Lofranco), who doesn't really want to be there, while the more adventurous Vera, who runs a children's furniture store, is with her daughter (played by her sister, Taissa Farmiga), and that young lady is gung ho to study under linguistics professor Tom Skerritt.
Neither parent seems to be getting on that well with their individual offspring, so they break away from the tour and stroll the campus on their own. Despite their differences in personality, the couple is definitely attracted to each other and, by the end of the day; each has discovered a passion within that had long been dormant.
Adam Rodgers directed and co-wrote (with Glenn German) 'At Middleton,' a film with likable characters, well played by a fine cast, and spry dialogue. Indeed, this is an amiable movie, though I do feel that it overstays its welcome by about fifteen minutes, and there is also one key scene in an acting class that feels forced. Certainly these talented writers could have come up with a more believable way to get over that story juncture. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the special features of:
Audio Commentary by Rodgers, German and Garcia
Music Video by Andy Garcia