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Tenure (2009)


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Release Date: Feb 5, 2009 Wide



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An English professor at a small private college finds his shot at tenure threatened by the sudden arrival of a pretty Yale PhD. onto the staff in this collegiate comedy form the producers of Rushmore. Charlie Thurber (Luke Wilson) isn't interested in school politics, and as a result his career is stalling out. But Charlie's a hit with the students, so when his chance for tenure comes up he's confident he'll get a fair evaluation. That confidence is shaken, however, when Elaine Grasso (Gretchen



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A tonally unfocused dead zone of a movie. It's as if director Mike Million only settled on the title of Tenure because he was afraid that "A bunch of scenes that don't go anywhere: The Movie!" wouldn't fit on a marquee.

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Familiar, ultimately forgettable, and only sporadically funny, Tenure is still entirely watchable because of the great charm and personality Luke Wilson brings to the table, carrying the film through itsā(TM) more meandering moments.
January 4, 2012
Jeffrey Meyers

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The film was ok but could have been much better. The film reminded me of movies like Rushmore, Charlie Bartlett, and World's Greatest Dad. However, those films were much better than this one. This one lacked the style that those films had. I think if Wes Anderson or even the Coen Brothers would have directed the film, then it would have been much better.

Actingwise, Luke Wilson shines in the lead role. Gretchen Mol also does a great job here too. Zach Galifianakis would have been much better in the role of Jay than David Koechner.

The film is worth checking out cause of Luke Wilson's performance.
August 7, 2011
Sol C

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For a film that never made it to theaters it was much better than I expected. I am definitely a fan of Luke and wish he was in more films that made it to the big screen, but this little piece of college professor life is entertaining if not a little slow paced. The man who really steals the show here though is Koechner. With his tangeants and bigfoot escapades he is hilarious and random. This probably would have never made much money at the box office, but it certainly is a nice flick to watch on the night in when its raining. It has a sly sense of humor and doesn't fall into a certain formula, a nice break from the formulaic comedy. If you get the chance, 'Tenure' is definitely an off-beat comedy worth checking out.
May 2, 2010
Philip Price

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