April 8, 2012
A tragedy with a cynical ending
Worth seeing, but barely. The critics are probably throwing 100-scores at it because they are bored from the usual Hollywood clutter. This film is unique and interesting at a couple levels, but it is not a 100. At times it gets predictable, but overall it is admittedly fresher than many. But make no mistake: this is not a comedy. It is occasionally amusing, but it is not and could never have meant to be a comedy. It is certainly not funny; moreover, it does contain some harsh feelings by many characters against the others, some surprisingly dark. And although the ending is somewhat provocative, it is neither light nor funny, or rewarding. The deliberate pace, uniqueness, and overall intrigue of the film's statement about fathers, sons, and the politics of higher academia make it somewhat worthy, but it is not a must-see experience. Score it closer to 65 or 70.
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