Sometimes, it’s nice just to keep things simple. Giant robots and complex ensemble comedies are great popcorn fun but, every once in a while, a gentle, whimsical romcom can feel like a breath of fresh air. And that’s exactly what we get with the trailer for Andy Garcia and Vera Farminga’s latest outing, At Middleton.
The premise for the film is rather straightforward: parents take their teenagers on the college campus tour of Middleton, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. In conflict with their respective offspring, two of them find themselves ejected from the tour with, consequently, an afternoon to spend together. Romantic comedy ensues.
Directed by Adam Rodgers in his feature length debut, and featuring a script he co-wrote with writing partner Glenn German, At Middleton certainly appears to be anchored by warm, playful performances from the two leads. The always-watchable Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven) plays ‘buttoned up’ heart surgeon George, who is drawn to the ‘free-spirit’ businesswoman, Edith, played by the excessively talented Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air, The Conjuring).
Supporting the leads is a cast of young actors bursting with promise, including Nicholas Braun (The Watch), Spencer LoFranco (making his debut) and, as Vera Farmiga’s teenage daughter, her own younger sister, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, The Bling Ring). The film also features a supporting turn from the legendary Tom Skerritt.
Having already featured widely on the film festival circuit – including Seattle, Champs-Elysees, Maui, Montreal and Woodstock, At Middleton will continue to make the rounds of film events until its limited theatrical and VOD release on January 31st, 2014.