Remember that time you - a successful, professional adult - took your brilliant and cherished son or daughter on a college visit, then almost immediately ditched him or her to spend the day with a complete stranger? Remember how you and that stranger became instant soul mates, stealing bikes together, crashing a drama class, commandeering a piano, randomly yelling at people, running around in a water fountain and smoking pot with two more complete strangers-turned-BFFs?
If any of that sounds the least bit plausible or appealing, and you've already seen every other movie showing right now plus the "Frozen" singalong version, and your television is broken and you have no iPad and there are no books in your house, be sure to rush out and see "At Middleton," starring Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga and Spencer Lofranco. It's only showing in one Atlanta theater, the Plaza Theatre at 1049 Ponce De Leon Aveue N.E., and only at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., according to a Fandango search.
"I don't think there's necessarily a message," Garcia said during a conference-call interview with several journalists to promote the film, described in words like "bearable" by the Los Angeles Times and "tiresome" by Susan Wloszczyna, writing at RogerEbert.com.
The film's highlights include Garcia's natty Brooks Brothers outfit, complete with bow tie. He had nice things to say about his costar.
"She's a genial actress, really one of the great actresses of her generation," Garcia said. "She's on the top of everybody's list. She was a great partner. I asked her if she wanted to review the material because we hadn't even read through the script together yet (before the movie started filming). She said, 'no, I'm good.' We basically discovered each other as characters on the screen."
Other highlights? Um, let's see. The scenery looks pretty.
Coming up Garcia, will appear in two made-in-Atlanta films, "Kill The Messenger" and "Let's Be Cops."
"I had never been there before," he said. "Both times were short periods of time. I got a chance to know the city."
That was the only question I was able to ask because when I joined the conference call I unknowingly barged in on someone's radio interview that they'd been recording for broadcast. I apologized for wasting everyone's time and then hung up.
It seemed fitting, you know?