Monday, August 5, 2013


Admission is a fun little movie. It's not meant to be groundbreaking or an Oscar contender, but it is a good film and worth you time and dimes.  It stars Tina Fey, of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock fame, and Paul Rudd from all those Judd Apatow comedies you have seen for the past ten years.  At first glance, the poster makes it look like a romantic comedy, but at it's heart it's a drama about one woman finding herself after being in the same job for 15 years. The love part comes as a consequence of this story, but it is not the main story.  Both Tina Fey and Paul Rudd give good performances here, of the quality we have come to expect.  I think these two might be the most likeable actors working today.  You can't help but like Tina's inherent nebbishness, and Paul Rudd's affable everyman.

Tina portrays an admission's representative for Princeton University. Yes. The Princeton. I assume that they filmed on campus because they make a big deal about using the name as often as possible. Free advertising for the school I guess.  I think they nailed their demographic on the head because the kids applying aren't going to watch this film, but their parents will.  For the first few minutes we see Tina doing her job going around to different high schools in her assigned region, giving speeches, and generally telling kids to apply to Princeton, even though they probably won't get in.  Along the way she visits a new age hippie-high school that Paul Rudd's character works at.  Turns out that one of the students at this school is a prodigy who "genuinely loves learning."  Paul pushes Tina to take an interest in him getting into Princeton, but also believes he is her son, through some cockamamie connection to her character in college.   What follows is Tina's journey into realizing that her life isn't what she wants it to be as she finds a path forward.

Like I said earlier, this is a good film, I don't think you will find anything to majorly dislike, but I doubt it will become your favorite movie either. Both actors have put out better work than this, and worse.

3.5 out of 5 Stars


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