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Admission

Published November 23, 2013

Admission

Film info

  • Title Admission
  • Directors
  • Year 2013
  • Run time
  • Genres
  • Tagline Let someone in

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in Admission, the film directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz, about the surprising detours we encounter on the road to happiness. Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Fey) is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Pressman (Rudd). Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted -- but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.

Fast Facts

Title: Admission Director: Paul Weitz Year: 2013 Run time: 1 hr 47 mins

Background Info

I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t normally have watched this if it didn’t have Paul Rudd in it. The trailer looked okay, but one of those predictable rom-com stories. I do like Tina Fey as well, but it’s really the lovely Rudd sold it to me.

Live Blog

2:36 - I’d like Paul Rudd to call me up out of the blue. 6:30 - I like ‘outsies’ as a dismissal for someone to get out of the room. 7:37 - “Kids just don’t take to some people.” 14:24 - He runs the best school ever. 21:06 - I admire her ability to make conversations with strangers. Need to take notes. 22:40 - “You seem like a nice guy and… you can handle an axe.” 26:57 - He keeps on comparing her to a dog, I’d have left him a long time ago! 29:39 - I think you have to be a special kind of person to look after a Bonsai tree. 33:28 - He says he’s not trying to ruin her life, just as he manages to ruin her life. 33:55 - Bad form, as she puts it. 40:21 - Two ‘do not disturb’ signs. It must be serious. 43:44 - She carries the signs around with her! Brilliant. 49:15 - That twins-carrying woman is terrifying. 54:56 - I think she’d be a terrifying mother-in-law. She turns on you very quickly! 1:00:36 - He’s going to regret smashing up that horse later. 1:05:21 - Every character in this film is completely crazy but also brilliant. 1:08:50 - She’s acting spicious now. 1:12:23 - “But oh, can he read the wind.” 1:17:25 - I just don’t get this process from the university’s point of view. What a waste of time. 1:25:25 - She can’t have thought that no one would notice. 1:36:58 - “I’m pretty boring.”

Conclusions

It was what I expected - a traditional rom-com style story, with two great performances from Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. The characters were all completely crazy but that was part of the fun. I liked it, but it wasn’t particularly special. A nice filler movie if you’ve got some time to waste or want a feel-good Sunday afternoon thing. It might mean more if you had experienced the university thing, in any country, but particularly the seemingly obscure admissions process that this film is based.

**Rating: **3/5

Rating: Unrated

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