Tenure (2009)

Tenure (2009)





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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
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Luke Wilson
as Charlie Thurber
David Koechner
as Jay Hadley
Gretchen Mol
as Elaine Grasso
Bob Gunton
as William Thurber
Sasha Alexander
as Margarette
Andrew Daly
as Warren
William Bogert
as Dean Leakey
Lyman Chen
as Steve
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Critic Reviews for Tenure

All Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2010

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.

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

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
Sol C

Super Reviewer

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. Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Deb S
Deb S

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