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Tenure [DVD]

Luke Wilson , Gretchen Mol , Mike Million    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Luke Wilson, Gretchen Mol, Sasha Alexander, David Koechner
  • Directors: Mike Million
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005O9RVV8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,114 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A college professor competes for tenure with a hot-shot female colleague.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Firstly, i wanna say that i really enjoyed this movie. The protagonist is a typical Luke Wilson character (laid back, good hearted and likeable but misguided and inwardly frustrated). The character he plays here could almost be an older version of the character he played in bottle rocket, if that character's life had gone in a different direction. Having said that, I can understand the points made by the 1 star reviewers, although, personally, i think giving this movie 1 star is ridiculous. I would agree, that the movie has one or two questionable story lines and characters. The justification for his father being in a nursing home, for instance, doesn't feel believable. Also, the sidekick character is kinda ridiculous and over the top, but in my opinion, it works fine, because Luke Wilson's character is very laid back. The movie does have one or two laugh out loud moments but ultimately its a one paced, feel good story with a likeable cast and a satisfying ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tenure. 2 Mar 2013
This is a decent enough little comedy set in the cloistered world of sleepy, backwater American academia.

It doesn't need to be absolutely true to life; it`s essentially about that middle-age crisis that many will identify with - the feeling that career aspirations haven`t been realised; petty departmental politics and the arrival of new blood - in the shape of attractive, popular young teacher Elaine (Gretchen Mol) threatening the position of Charlie Thurber (Luke Wilson) who hopes to gain the security of tenure in the college English department.
This is a gentle comedy, with an oddball assortment of students and teachers - oddest of whom is anthropologist Jay Hadley (David Koechner) Charlie's friend and Bigfoot enthusiast.
It`s not laugh-out-loud comedy and there are a few miss-fires along the way; there's a sub-plot about Charlie's father and sister which also provides some amusement, but it`s not a bad little film by any means, well put together and competently acted.

It isn't a top-notch comedy, but it`s amiable and whimsical enough to recommend if you can pick it up at a reasonable price.
The film is in 16x9 anamorphic widescreen; there are no subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good easy going/relaxing movie 24 Aug 2012
Some of these other reviewers must have some kind of problem.
If they expect a hilarious comedy movie then they should go watch something by Will ferrell or maybe even Jim Carrey.
This movie is what i would call a lighthearted comedy drama so dont expect something else.
its kind of like a buddy movie.
Great characters and acting allround.
Watchable over and over again just for the great characters.
Ignore negative people and their feedback, sit back, relax and watch it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfunny comedy set in the US academic world 19 Feb 2011
In a fictitious small college in the United States, a mediocre professor of English literature (played by Luke Wilson) see his job threatened because tenure is soon up, and the university has decided to bring in to compete for his job a supposedly brilliant as well as beautiful young professor from Yale (the lovely Gretchen Mol). This is supposed to be an affectionate satire of the academic world in the US, but I found little affection in what I see. As for the supposed humor, I don't recall laughing once at this movie. Seeing these people with their ridiculous trappings, the vain and pompous administrators, it is clear these professors and administrators add very little value to the rest of the society, yet they live not badly and with a certain status. While the movie obviously exaggerates, from what I read is a not altogether incorrect depiction of life in the rarefied US academic world. Are academics smart people? It doesn't seem so from this movie. Here they look pretty pathetic. It's funny how the Gretchen Mol character is repeatedly described as super smart, when she seems to be the typical dumb blonde (she is the most likable character in the movie, though). The Luke Wilson character, though not entirely unlikable, is a man in his late thirties that is still single and unattached, without any real prospect of improving his life, if anything, it is clear that his life would go downhill from here. The character of the anthropologist friend is downright pathetic (and the big foot thing? what was about that?). The dean and the old lady playing the academic director were also repellent characters. Clearly most of these people could not get a job outside of academia. Seeing this movie, I understand why more and more people believe that tenure should be abolished.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, Low-Keyed Joy 1 July 2010
By tvtv3 - Published on
I happened to see a trailer for TENURE on another DVD I had rented. I had never heard of TENURE before, but the trailer got my attention. I've never been a college professor, but I have been a high school teacher and though the rigmarole to get tenure at a high school is different than that at college (you don't have to worry about getting published, for instance) there are many similarities.

Luke Wilson stars as Charlie Thurber, an assistant professor of English at Grey College. Charlie has been teaching there for three years and is up for tenure at the end of the school year. He thinks his chances are good. However, when his best friend, Dr. Jay Hadley (David Koechner) is denied tenure and sees his dream job go to an upstart Asian-American, Charlie begins to doubt. Still, even Dr. Hadley thinks Charlie is a shoe-in until the college hires a female English professor named Elaine Grasso (Gretchen Mol) who taught at Yale. Suddenly Charlie realizes his job is in jeopardy and he's in the fight for his life. In between his duties as a professor and faculty advisor, Charlie spends his time with Dr. Hadley hunting Bigfoot and hanging out with his Dad who has been prematurely placed into a retirement home.

Wilson is his usual film self and, like the character he plays who is born to teach, he does what he does best. Koechner is usually a joy to watch and that's no different in TENURE. However, Koechner's role is bit more low key than the roles he usually appears in. Gretchen Mol is beautiful as ever and does a nice job as the female foil to Charlie. Bob Gunton portrays Charlie's Dad and the viewer can't help feeling sorry for the man in complete control of his mental faculties who finds himself in a place he really doesn't belong.

I really enjoyed TENURE. It's a small quiet comedy seeped in realism without any hyperbole. Though it's not the typical film Wilson and Koechner appear in, TENURE is a pleasant, little joy of a film.

The extras on the DVD are minuscule: a few deleted scenes and a reel of outtakes.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slice of life that I can relate to. 18 Jun 2010
By Joe Banks - Published on
As a college professor who just recently got tenure, I can certainly relate to this film. For a comedy, it manages to deliver steady amusement rather than any real laughs. The film does an excellent job capturing the pressure (and self-introspection) of the tenure process, as well as, the absurdity of faculty politics. Luke Wilson is playing the same basic character we've seen before, but (even so) was a good choice for the lead. All in all, a good way to pass the time--especially for academics who don't take themselves too seriously.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Comedy 6 Mar 2010
By Anneke - Published on
This is a great film. I didn't know what kind of comedy it was going to be, but it was dry, quirky and much funnier than it would have been if it was over-the-top straight comedy. David Koechner is hilarious! Definitely a must see.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! 14 April 2010
By jamespen - Published on
Very moving and funny film. An unexpected gem. The characters ring true throughout and there is never a false note. The film manages a great balance between sarcasm and sincerity. I completely loved it!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expectations make or break this DVD 13 April 2010
By Steve Kuehl - Published on
Being as this received little to no ad support and the amount of customers asking for this has been nil, I had only ordered a few copies. Once I finished watching this slightly tedious piece though, I felt the main success would be from those expecting a quiet melancholy college life film, supplanted with a loser filled dark humor theme. Throw in a significant Bigfoot search subplot with Koechner leading that charge, and you have a strange little independent film.

Wilson is his normal self here playing the morose professor fighting for his tenure, with a perverse sidekick in Koechner (who never really goes into the slapstick/sight gag realm here - he is just plain weird), and one bizarre role of the Alzheimer's dad played by Bob Gunton. No memorable performances, but maybe a couple of laughs, so if you expect nothing (no outright Luke Wilson/Koechner laughorama lines here) then you will be slightly entertained. The writing was skewed towards awkward moments in every day life that almost become unbelievable, but Wilson has the power to convey that with his known looks of confusion.

The picture quality is good and the sound is solid for being a first-time feature from this group. The special features are scant and include several minutes of deleted scenes and gags. The entire gag reel is Koechner doing everything he is famous for - so in that aspect this DVD might be worthy enough for you. The only deleted scene worth watching is Koechner being chased by Bigfoot. 3.75 for the film and DVD quality and .25 for the supplements. Region 1 coded.
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