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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Seleção  »

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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real Dean of Admissions from Princeton, Janet Lavin Rapelye, appears in a scene with Tina Fey. See more »


When someone tells Jeremiah to tuck in his shirt he does, but it varies inconsistently between untucked and tucked-in in subsequent shots. See more »


Susannah: Your... your lawn jockeys are outstanding.
Mrs. Pressman: Aren't they fun?
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References Thomas & Friends (1984) See more »


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A movie that is worth watching & has a lot of heart but isn't as funny as I was expecting from a Fey/Rudd pairing. I say B.
7 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"You may have built schools in third world countries and cleaned contaminated water from villages but you have never tried to get a kid into Princeton." Portia Nathan (Fey) is an admission counselor for Princeton who is in line for a huge promotion. Everything is going her way until she travels to a new school to check out an applicant. While there she meets John Pressman (Rudd) with some interesting news about who she has come to see. Going in I was expecting nothing but hilariousness. Tiny Fey & Paul Rudd together how can you go wrong I thought. While I do have to say that I enjoyed the movie this was not nearly as funny as I was expecting. The movie had the feel of some of the new Judd Apatow movies, lot of heart but not as laugh-out-loud funny as I was going for. I'm not saying this isn't good, it is worth watching but don't go in like I did and expect nothing but wall to wall funny. Overall, a movie that I did like but wasn't as funny as I was thinking it was going to be. I give it a B.

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