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Admission (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  22 March 2013 (USA)
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A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Lafont
Junior Lafont
James (as Daniel Joseph Levy)
Maggie Keenan-Bolger ...
Girl on Tour
Elaine Kussack ...
Praying Applicant
Smug Kid


Straitlaced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the freewheeling John Pressman (Paul 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. Written by Focus Features

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 March 2013 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,154,984 (USA) (22 March 2013)


$18,004,225 (USA) (31 May 2013)

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Tina Fey and Paul Rudd and cast are nice surprises for their performances in the humorous drama Admission
28 August 2013 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Okay, like some reviewers here, I watched Admission expecting a comedy, the kind Tina Fey and Paul Rudd usually are associated with but unlike some of them, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was more of a drama than a rom-com. I also liked Lily Tomlin's performance as Ms. Fey's mother especially when she's initially on screen. Actually, Ms. Fey is quite hilarious whenever she emphasizes her sad emotions for her benefit like when she's talking to her colleague-and rival for the dean's job-about her emotions. There's quite a lot of good scenes of both humor and drama abounding here. Really, all I'll say now is that I very much enjoyed watching Admission and I wouldn't mind seeing it again some other time in the future.

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