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as Charlie Thurber
as Jay Hadley
as Elaine Grasso
as William Thurber
as Dean Leakey
Critic Reviews for Tenure
Audience Reviews for Tenure
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.
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.
The story of a smart, but insecure guy Charlie Thurber (Luke Wilson) seeking to renew his tenure in a small time College in the United States. He feels threatened when the Dean hires Yale's English Professor Elaine Grasso who's as beautiful as she is brilliant. Together with his best friend, they declare Elaine as their enemy and try to sabotage her in school. A sub-plot revolves Luke's aging father who's been placed in a retirement home. Luke Wilson is a decent actor but I just didn't find it funny.
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