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