21 March 2013 6:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It’s depressing to watch performers who’ve carved out their own distinctive niches try to broaden their appeal by doing the same damn thing as everyone else. Take Tina Fey in Admission, which could be her application to the school of mainstream rom-comedy. She plays Portia ­Nathan, a Princeton University admissions officer (for sixteen years) with a patronizing professor boyfriend (Michael Sheen) and an aversion to kids — several of whom are hauled in for the sole purpose of letting her be averse. In part because her job consists of rejecting exponentially more students than she admits, Portia has been able to keep life at bay, remaining brittle, judgmental, and emotionally insulated. This makes her ripe for breaking in — humanized — by a nonconformist do-gooder heartthrob (Paul Rudd). In other words, Fey has the ­Sandra Bullock role — exactly the kind of part that she has spent the last decade »


- David Edelstein

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