Credibility is stretched when parents, eccentric Edith (Vera Farmiga) and straight-laced George (Andy Garcia) meet on a college tour, decide to strike out on their own to research the ’real’ Middleton College, and in the process (with the help of some pot and an acting class) discover love and new facets of themselves. What fantasy college tour is this and can I go?
"At Middleton" further misses the mark when the student tour guide Justin (Nicholas Braun) waxes much too effusively about Middleton’s wonders. The perception solidifies when Edith, completely apprehensive about her only child heading off to college life, asks about the college’s murder rate and Justin smiles and replies, "None." What about those omnipresent blue emergency call lights around most campuses which reassure any nervous parent that even despite a zero murder rate, their offspring’s continual safety is but a button press away?
But oh no.
The four main characters each do a 180-degree character turn in this predictable treacly rom-com. George, ably acted by Garcia, loosens up. Edith calms down about life without her daughter, Audrey (Taissa Farmiga). Audrey, originally committed to and passionate about Middleton, changes her mind; while Conrad, (Spencer Lofranco), rebelling against his father’s pressure to attend Middleton, decides it’s a pretty cool place after all, thanks to an interview with a crusty older college dj, Boneyard Sims (Peter Riegert).
Even the special features of the Blu-ray contain only outtakes of Garcia, Vera Farmiga and Riegert cracking up over forgotten lines and cameramen’s gaffes.