“ I could tell from the first five minutes that this was the work of a first- time director/writer (okay, it's the writers' second credit) because the movie has every single cliché you can have in one movie, actors who are normally good - when they have a good director - doing ridiculous and embarrassing things, and remarkably absurd plot holes.
“Though the movie tries very hard to achieve moments of "little people" sentimental uplift, virtually every scene in "At Middleton" emerges as hopelessly contrived and calculated, a reflection more on the screenwriters Glenn German and Adam Rogers (who also directed the movie) than on the actors, who do their best under the circumstances.
“ They make a pretty enough couple, and at their most intensive moments (of which there are several) they are able to convince and even move us.
“ It's made up of contrived characters,dialogue and situations.
“ Still, overall it is worth watching despite my criticisms.
“ The most entertaining aspect of the movie is watching how the roles of the children and parents switch.
“ It was slow and although I wanted to like the two main characters, they did nothing for me.
“ Very Enjoyable .
“ If you're feeling the symmetry in the above description, you may not be surprised to learn that it's writ large in the film, given that Conrad (a competent-enough Spencer Lofranco) is the rather non-academic though likeable-enough son of a rather stiff and intense (heart-surgeon) father - played by Andy Garcia; while Audrey (an OK Taissa Farmiga) is the driven, bright, tetchy and intellectual daughter of a slightly off-the-rails and a little bit too uninihibited mother (Vera Farmiga - yes (and no) - this actress is the SISTER in real life).
“ This movie is waste of time.
“ His change of attitude and falling for Edith seems more a contrived plot device than something that might really occur.
“ Before that, Edith's character is an embarrassment, but not in a too over the top fashion, and George is just a bore.
“ Totally Enjoyable from the start till the end .
“ If you are trying to decide whether to watch this film or not, then go watch it, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope this tips the balance for you in its favor.
“The two parents bored with the college guide Dingleberry wander off to explore the college on their own and get to know each other better and despite their differences seem to connect.
“) She and her way-younger sister Taissa make a convincing mother-daughter combo, and Andy Garcia's not bad either, but the romcom cliché plot (free-spirited babe awakens uptight guy's inner child) and the trying-too-hard dialogue were just too much for us.
“"At Middleton is one of those films that are hard to review because the dialogue is so cheesy and over the top while the performances are charming and engaging.
“ Both actors are stunning and enjoyable despite the weak material they had to work with.
“ How the four main characters change throughout the day is engaging to watch.
“During the course of a boring tour of the school, Edith looks for an excuse to leave the tour and let her daughter continue without her--and considering how badly Audrey treats her mom, this might be for the best.