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Tenure -- It's time for a major mid-term crisis in this darkly humorous and thoughtful comedy.  Professor Charlie Thurber loves to teach, but can't stand all the expected publishing and politicking that goes along with the position.  So when his opportunity for tenure is announced, he goes out on a limb to prove his worth, but unexpectedly finds himself falling for the very person who might replace him.  It's a battle of the brains where the stakes are high and only one person can get an "A" for effort.
Tenure -- A college professor competes for tenure with a hot-shot female colleague.


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  (in credits order)

Luke Wilson ... Charlie Thurber

Gretchen Mol ... Elaine Grasso

David Koechner ... Jay Hadley

Sasha Alexander ... Margaret

Bob Gunton ... William Thurber

Rosemarie DeWitt ... Beth

Michael Cudlitz ... Tim
William Bogert ... Dean Leakey

Andrew Daly ... Warren
Ellen Tobie ... Professor Hannah Slocumb

Zach Selwyn ... Buck

Hilary Pingle ... Robin
Nathan Pham ... Stan
Van Hughes ... Ben

Lily Holleman ... Blair

Robert Farrior ... Dave Bundy
Paul Rescigno ... Bradley
Robbie Rescigno ... Milton

Lyman Chen ... Steve Kim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Adams ... Goth 2

Jenn An ... Roxane (as Jennifer An)
Robert Fazio ... Basketball player
Richard Graves ... Goth

Nina Hodoruk ... PBS Telethon Host

Atif Lanier ... Whales Basketball Player
Jeffrey Mowery ... Business Schlump

Joshua Ryan ... Rex
Kimberly Whittaker ... College Student
John Wooten ... Big Foot

Joe Zarriello ... Student in Charlie's Class
Frank Apollonio ... Student (uncredited)

Anthony Keating ... Drunk Student at Party (uncredited)

Basil Kershner ... Professor (uncredited)

Drew McAuliffe ... Teaching Assistant (uncredited)

Tom McNutt ... Tenure board professor (uncredited)

Stefan Niemczyk ... Hammer Head Jock (uncredited)

Will Souders ... Jansen (Basketball Player) (uncredited)
Jared Uhrich ... Elaine's Class Student (uncredited)
Gabriel Valentino ... Frat Party Patron (uncredited)

David Von Roehm ... Business Schlub (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Million 
Writing credits
Mike Million (written by)

Produced by
Jeff Abberley .... executive producer
Julia Blackman .... executive producer
Tai Duncan .... producer
Jared Goldman .... co-producer
Richard Hull .... executive producer
Dominic Ianno .... executive producer
Brendan McDonald .... producer
Kelly Rodriques .... executive producer
Paul Schiff .... producer
Original Music by
John Frizzell 
Cinematography by
Steve Yedlin 
Film Editing by
Tom McArdle 
Casting by
Freddy Luis 
Anne McCarthy 
Jay Scully 
Production Design by
Beth Mickle 
Set Decoration by
Christine Wick 
Costume Design by
Teresa Binder  (as Teresa Binder-Westby)
Makeup Department
Adrienne Bearden .... makeup department head
Juanita Bennett .... key makeup artist
Diane Dixon .... hair department head
Anthony Giunta .... hair stylist
Production Management
Holly S. Rymon .... production supervisor
Daniel Schnider .... executive in charge of production
Michael Toji .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mariela Comitini .... first assistant director
Amy D'Alio .... second assistant director
Brad Robinson .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Michael Ahern .... graphic artist
Jason Currie .... set dresser
Amber Haley .... set decorator: additional photography
William F. Hennessy Jr. .... set dresser (as William Hennessy Jr.)
Rachel Jones .... art coordinator
David McCole .... set decoration foreman
Morgan Miller .... on-set dresser
Arizona Newsum .... art department production assistant
Joseph Siwinski .... leadman
Todd Siwinsky .... assistant property master (as Todd Siwinski)
Nancy Stroud .... stand-by scenic
Jeff Tanner .... property master
Ed Raza .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steven Avila .... sound effects editor
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Rob Embrey .... studio manager
Robert Fitzgerald .... adr supervisor
John D. Gooch .... additional boom operator (as John Gooch)
Fredrick Helm .... supervising sound editor
Chris Kellet .... sound mixer
Peter D. Lago .... sound effects editor
Doug Latislaw .... adr mixer
Sean Madsen .... sound engineer
Maggie Malyn .... post sound coordinator
Greg Mauer .... foley mixer
Rick Owens .... foley artist
Alexander Pugh .... sound effects editor
Dave Rainey .... boom operator
Mark A. Rozett .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Utt .... sound engineer
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
Trevor Ward .... sound consultant: Dolby
Ben Whitver .... adr mixer
Brian S.M. Wroth .... dialogue editor
Visual Effects by
Manny Dubon .... iq artist
Don Hewitt .... stunt coordinator (as Don Hewitt Sr.)
Mick O'Rourke .... stunt utility
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon C. Breen .... grip (as Jon Breen)
Katherine M. Butler .... first assistant camera
Ryan Callahan .... dolly grip
Anthony DeFrancesco .... third assistant camera
Thomas Devine .... electrician
Amy Ecklund .... additional second assistant camera
Chris Heinrich .... additional camera operator
April Lanci-Leseur .... assistant camera
Rob Mabin .... best boy electric
James 'Otis' Mayfield .... second assistant camera
Alan J. Mehlbrech .... Steadicam operator
Alan J. Mehlbrech .... camera operator: "a" camera
Colin J. Peters .... electrician
Brian Raby .... lamp operator
Daniel Rieser .... key rigging grip
I. Nate Scaglione .... generator operator (as Nate Scaglione)
Anneke Schoneveld .... still photographer
Jon Sibert .... key grip
Michael M. Silver .... gaffer
Tim Weston .... grip
Wade Whitley .... additional first assistant camera
Casting Department
Regina Haigh .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Diane Heery .... casting: East Coast
Jason Loftus .... casting: East Coast
Wayne Morse .... casting associate
Kellie Roy .... casting associate (as Kellie Gesell)
Rhiannon Wescott .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eden Daniels .... assistant costume designer
Jaime Dollhopf .... costume supervisor (as Jaime Cockerham)
Lorraine Hawk .... costume production assistant
Tamika Jackson .... intern
Kara Morasco .... tailor
Angeline Zeigler .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Carl L.W. Bochek III .... post-production coordinator
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer
Sue Gates .... digital intermediate colorist
Ken O'Keefe .... first assistant editor
Chris Rauch .... digital dailies
Daniel Woiwode .... assistant editor: BTS
Music Department
Michael Brake .... music editor
Michael Dobbins .... technical music assistant (as Michael J Dobbins)
Maarten Hofmeijer .... music editor
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Thomas Parisch .... music preparation
Colby Trane .... music coordinator
Frederik Wiedmann .... music mixer
Frederik Wiedmann .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Gregory J. Cimino .... transportation captain
Carl Erb .... transportation captain
William McCleery .... fuel truck driver
Mark Simms .... driver: cast
Gabe Turiello .... camera car driver
John Yarbrough .... driver: cast
Other crew
Magi Berciano .... legal associate
Jared Berenholz .... location intern
Erik Bright .... unit publicist
Tracy L. Connors .... key set production assistant
Denise DePalma .... medic
Katie Diesinger .... production assistant
Tim Downs .... location manager
Lena Drobot .... craft service
Shannon Dry .... first assistant accountant
Christopher D. Faber .... production assistant
Lindsay Feldman .... production coordinator
Tal Fiala .... account executive
Rudi Fischer .... location manager
Suzanne Friedline .... adr voice match
Dan Gorman .... location scout
Lauren Harrison .... additional set production assistant
David Jennis .... set production assistant
Joanna Johnson .... legal and business affairs
Martin Kitrosser .... script supervisor
Talia Leone .... assistant production coordinator
Stephen Lippross .... production accountant
Melissa Marino .... location department intern
Jennifer Marren .... set production assistant
Victoria Mazgalev .... production intern
Eddie Michaels .... unit publicist
Mary Linda Phillips .... adr voice match
Corinna Pieloch .... publicity department
Michyl-Shannon Quilty .... production coordinator: reshoots
Bev Reid .... assistant to mr abberley and mrs blackman
Ed Resetar .... assistant: Paul Schiff
Abby Lyn Rogers .... production secretary
Jo Rogers .... head of creative affairs: Scion Films
Shannon Rose .... assistant: producer
Phillip L. Rosen .... production legal
Eric J. Scheiner .... production assistant
Adam Schoon .... production assistant
Nick Snyder .... office production assistant
Kevin Streckewald .... location manager
Bridget Tyler .... creative executive
Dana Wilkey .... product placement

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug content
USA:89 min | Germany:90 min (European Film Market)
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When Charlie plays the word "chug" during the game of Scrabble, you can see that one of the words spelled on the board is "yeti".See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Pleasant comedy-romance for fans of the genre and cast, 12 April 2011
Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio

Charlie Thurber (Luke Wilson) is an English professor at a small, New England college. Although his students love and learn from him, his possible tenure is in doubt. This is because of the "publish or perish" unwritten law that is prevalent in American academia. So far, Charlie is having trouble getting his essays into an admired journal. To complicate things, his father is in an extended care facility nearby, due to early dementia, but, Charlie is not visiting him often enough. This has angered his sister and upset his dad, who was also a prof and likes to converse with his son. A colleague, Jay (David Koechner), an unorthodox science instructor in search of a bigfoot-type local monster, is also up for tenure. Now, the dean lures a Yale-educated English academic, Elaine Grasso (Gretchen Mol) to the department, further complicating Charlie's quest for tenure. Jay suggests that the two males mildly "sabotage" Elaine's adjustment to the school, by arranging to make her look bad in front of others, especially the dean. This involves everything from implicating her in a "cola" theft in the staff room to questioning her school loyalty at the college basketball game, where Elaine inadvertently sat on the opposing team's side. But, wait, does Charlie really want to drive Elaine away, since she's so smart and pretty and he's single? For those who love comedy-romance, here is another sweet view. Wilson's dry, understated humor is always welcome while Mol is a lovely romantic interest. The rest of the cast, including Koechner, are wonderfully supportive. The beautiful east coast college campus will surely bring sighs of admiration and the costumes, script, photography, and steady direction are quite fine as well. Get Tenure, therefore, all you usual fan suspects.

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