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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 Mol) is hired on to the English staff. A published writer from a prestigious pedigree, Elaine has accomplished the things that Charlie's only dreamt about. Even Charlie's aging father, a celebrated professor, seems disappointed that his son hasn't accomplished more. Enter Jay Hadley (David Koechner); Jay is an anthropology teacher at the college who also happens to be Charlie's best friend. Jay isn't willing to sit idly by while Elaine takes Charlie's job, and is soon channeling all of his energy to sabotaging the well-intending newcomer's career. But despite being envious of Elaine's accomplishments, Charlie just can't bring himself to hate her; on the contrary, his attraction to her is growing by the day. As the time comes to make some decisions that will most certainly affect the course of his career, Charlie realizes that the only path worth walking is the one that you carve out for yourself. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Tenure

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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.

    Sep 12, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tenure

  • Jan 04, 2012
    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 itsâ(TM) more meandering moments.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2011
    quite quirky and funny, luke wilson is a talent not recognised by confident directors.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2011
    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.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2011
    As sterile a feel-good movie as you're likely to see. It's like Keith Richards trying to get high by eating Tic Tacs.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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