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Admission 2013

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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.

Starring:
Tina Fey, Ann Harada
Runtime:
1 hour, 47 minutes

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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 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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I think this film was advertised a little misleadingly-- and of course you expect a comedy when it involves Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. It's not so much a comedy as it is a mixture of romance, and not-too-depressing drama.
As advertised, Tina plays the role of one of the members of the admissions committee at Princeton, and receives a call from a long-ago classmate, now running a very "alternative" high school and asking her to take a look at a kid he feels is very promising as a potential Princeton admission. Tina agrees to come have a look-see, and the first bit of subtle comedy is how very different this high school is from strait-laced Princeton. Drama and romance come in as Tina's relationship with a colleague at Princeton unexpectedly ends as he dumps her for a young attractive grad student, and on the rebound, Tina unexpectedly finds herself somewhat attracted to Rudd, who runs this high school.

The kid doesn't have the kind of scholastic scores or pedigree that would usually be considered a great Princeton candidate, but Rudd has his own reasons for insisting Tina go to bat for him, and eventually she does.

The story has several ups and downs and turns of plot, but ends up on a reasonably upbeat note, with the unoriginal message that no matter how carefully you think you have life planned out, there are always surprises in store to disrupt your plans.

Tina and Paul didn't quite seem to make one of film history's most-famous romantic pairs (not as awkward as Murray and Weaver in Ghostbusters, at least). There's no nudity or vulgarity or violence; for a PG-13 film nowadays it's pretty tame. It's worth an hour and a half of entertainment that doesn't require a lot of thought or effort to follow along.
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