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Admission 2013 PG-13 CC

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy about the unexpected detours we encounter on the road to happiness.

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Tina Fey, Paul Rudd
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1 hour, 48 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Paul Weitz
Starring Tina Fey, Paul Rudd
Supporting actors Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Nat Wolff, Gloria Reuben, Travaris Spears, Lily Tomlin
Studio Focus Features
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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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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Towards the end of Admission, an English professor describes a performance he had just witnessed as, "Weird...but I liked it." The same can be said about the film, Admission. While it's probably not the movie you expected to see, it inspires some genuine curiosity as it moves along.

Tina Fey plays Portia Nathan, an admissions officer for Princeton University. Daily, Portia avoids the wonton glare of prospective students who seek the secret to "getting in." She spends most of her time weeding through application files with the hefty task of personally deciding which students are admitted and which students are denied. It's a cute premise, but hardly one that can keep a film narrative afloat for long. Enter Paul Rudd as John Pressman. Pressman runs an unorthodox school that would rarely attract the attention of the likes of Princeton, except Pressman believes one of his students could be the son Portia gave up years ago. This news arrives precisely at the time when Portia finds out her boyfriend (Michael Sheen) has impregnated another woman and is leaving her. To make matters more stressful, Portia learns that the Dean of Admissions (Wallace Shawn) is retiring and is considering either Portia or her rival admissions officer Corinne (Gloria Reuben) as his replacement.

These complications allow Admission to explore some more interesting territory. The movie does have a bit of an uneven tone, however. On one hand, there is Rudd and Fey, two comedic talents working hard to downplay their goofy personas into something more serious, with mixed results. On the other hand, there is a drama trying to downplay its serious tone for something more comedic and romantic, with mixed results. What we end up with is something, for lack of a better term, "weird.
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