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Admission 2013 PG-13 CC

(562) IMDb 5.7/10
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Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy about the unexpected detours we encounter on the road to happiness.

Tina Fey, Ann Harada
1 hour, 48 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Paul Weitz
Starring Tina Fey, Ann Harada
Supporting actors Ben Levin, Dan Levy, Maggie Keenan-Bolger, Gloria Reuben, Paul Rudd, Wallace Shawn, Elaine Kussack, Christopher Evan Welch, Michael Genadry, Juliet Brett, John Brodsky, Camille Branton, Sarita Choudhury, Michael Sheen, Ken Barnett, Nat Wolff, Travis Bratten, Tanisha Long
Studio Focus Features
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on March 24, 2013
As I watched this flick, I said, "I think lots of women over the age of 35 will enjoy this." If reviews have been critical, it's becaus viewers were expecting a yuck-yuck fest and this is not it. This film was about issues that affect women as they age. Did they throw away their lives to their careers? Did their mothers raise them poorly but yet want to be critical of them? Is it better to tell the ones you love truths or lies? Do I relocate or do I stay put, and what if my child disagrees with me? And most importantly for me: WHY DIDN'T THIS DAMNED IVY LEAGUE DEGREE MAKE ALL MY DREAMS COME TRUE!?!?!? To me, the biggest dynamic was not romantic; the vibe between Tina and Paul wasn't really that important. The main tensions come from the trio of parent-child schisms. This reminded me of Steven Martin's "Parenthood" in some ways. I couldn't sit through that "Secret Ya-Ya Whatever." However, this reminded me of the flick with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. If you know how few roles exist for aging women and how few movies put them at the center, rather than the margins, then you will appreciate this work. It's debatable whether it could be called feminist, but if you want more films to come out that don't sweep older women under the rug, then you really should support this film. (And by the way, the screenit website said this movie was heavy on nudity and there was not nudity in it whatsoever. The scopophile in me felt tricked.)
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Annie Mae Swift on July 9, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I loved this film. It was a complete and total surprise. Tina Fey and Paul Rudd have incredible chemistry. Lily Tomlin steals every scene she's in. I found it funny and very moving. The film was marketed all wrong like it was a comedy but it was much more than that. I think the male dominated critics really gave it a hard time or had the total wrong idea of what the film was when they sat down to review it. It's really an indy film. I truly believe it will have a bigger life on DVD and on pay cable has people discover it's quirky charm. See this film. It's delightful.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By scot16897 VINE VOICE on March 21, 2013
Admission is a new romantic comedy featuring two seriously successful comedic actors, Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. Both are extremely likeable in most everything they are in, and are usually very funny. In this instance, while they each have moments of laughter, it was lighter on the humor than I expected, and heavier on the weighty emotion. This caught me by surprise.

Tina Fey works in the Admissions department of Princeton University, and leads a very settled existence, even carries on a boring relationship, and is content. Paul Rudd is a globe-trotting do-gooder (think a one man Peace Corps) who runs a school for now, but can't seem to stay in one place for long. When Rudd contacts Tina Fey regarding an exceptional student, each of their lives become more complicated. And humor, but not quite hilarity, ensues.

I don't have a huge issue with the fact that I feel like I've seen the storyline before, but with slight alterations.... I expect that in a Rom-Com. My problem is that I've seen it done much better. While both Fey and Rudd are likeable, they seem to have little chemistry together. And there just weren't enough laughs to meet my expectations. Having said that, Lily Tomlin, who plays Tina's mother, is a force of comedy in this film.

I also found the ending unsatisfying. Nice enough, but over the course of many Rom-Coms, I expect more. If you want a little more drama in your comedy, maybe this is for you. While I liked it, it would definitely be a rental, and not a full-on purchase.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on July 9, 2013
Format: DVD
Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is an honest aggressive admissions person for Princeton. The beginning of the film establishes her character and perfect life. She visits a school in New Hampshire, near where she was born, to make a presentation. Her reception was a bit unusual and at times confrontational. John Pressman (Paul Rudd) runs the school and wants one of his exceptional students, Jeremiah (Nat Wolff) to attend Princeton.

Portia's mother is played by Lily Tomlin, who I thought was dead because I don't watch a lot of TV shows. She proves to be quite the character, like something stolen from John Irving. It appears that Jeremiah may be Portia's biological son she gave up for adoption. This creates numerous humorous, "That was weird" moments as her life has just been turned inside out.

Perhaps the oddest thing about the film is that the writers seemed to have placed New Jersey and New Hamshire near each other as the characters are constantly and without much effort driving back and forth between the two, sometimes twice a day.

This is a romantic comedy with an emphasis on comedy. It is a feel good film, but not a tear jerker. A film Tina Fey can use on her resumé.

Parental Guide: 1 F-bomb. No nudity. Off screen implied sex.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Panagopoulos on March 25, 2013
***This review may contain spoilers***

This seriocomic movie somewhat confounded me. Like many others, I suspect, I expected an uproarious laugh-a-minute satire of the capricious college admissions process, somewhat in the vein of "Back of School", especially with the supremely talented Tina Fey in the lead. Instead, "Admissions" is a lower-key, Woody Allenesque observation of frustrated, unfulfilled lives and misplaced good intentions. Mind you, the movie has its incisive, accurate humor (especially about college decision dynamics) and an agreeable if turbulent relationship between Fey's and Paul Rudd's characters, and I generally enjoyed it, but it feels just a little bit ephemeral and insubstantial.

Then again, Fey's character Portia Nathan (who reminded me of Diane Keaton, especially in "Baby Boom") is a bit insubstantial and tentative. Portia has a job suited to her personality - one of Princeton's admissions officers. Even though being an admissions officer is not your conventional prestigious position, it is nevertheless an influential one because it can affect the academic and professional futures of so many college applicants. The job is an ideal combination of safe, respectable and empowering, apparently perfect for Portia, since she's been doing it for 16 years. Besides a comfortable job, she also has a comfortable relationship with a literature (I think) professor Mark (Michael Sheen). Of course, comfort zones like this seldom last long in the movies.
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