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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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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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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,154,984 (USA) (24 March 2013)

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$18,004,225 (USA) (2 June 2013)
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The real Dean of Admissions from Princeton, Janet Lavin Rapelye, appears in a scene with Tina Fey. See more »

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When Portia falls asleep in her office and is awakened by her boss knocking on the door (interrupting her dream about Jeremiah), she awakens with tousled hair and a "denied" stamp imprinted on her cheek. Her mascara is still in place, but when she opens the door to talk to her boss, the mascara on her right eye is running. Then, in the next shot (right after she closes the door) her mascara is not running or smudged and is intact again. See more »

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Portia Nathan: You all want to know the secret formula for getting in. To do your job well, an admissions officer must be on the receiving end of an entire nation's application panic, endure the frustration of all the parents who just realized there isn't room for every organically-fed, well-tutored offspring. Of course everyone thinks we're sadists, that we like saying no. We are in this job for one reason, to say yes.
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Written by Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor
Performed by Azure Ray
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Very Likable Comedy!
17 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Admission is the latest Tina Fey vehicle and the end result turns out to be a charming and rather likable comedy. Granted, some parts are rather bland and contrived which you can thank the screenplay for, but the charming actors, subtle direction, and an interesting story is able to elevate this movie to be the charming movie it is.

Paul Weitz directs a film about an overworked Princeton admissions officer named Portia Nathan who on her recruitment trips, meets the highly intellectual Jeremiah takes to the help of an old college classmate named John. Against all odds, she decides to do what she can to get Jeremiah enrolled in Princeton despite his high school mediocrity.

As mentioned before, this film has very likable actors and the chemistry fluidly bounces off with each other. Tina Fey is great and she reminds me of her role as Liz in 30 Rock. Paul Rudd is the perfect man for her because of his charm and he was excellent. Nat Wolff as Jeremiah is very sweet and has come a long way since his Nickelodion series. Finally, I loved Lily Tomlin's character as Tina's mother because she was a hoot!

Overall, Admission was destined to be a so-so movie, but it wasn't so in my eyes. It's not a laugh-out-loud comedy but it's not meant to be despite a few moments when I chuckled. There is a fair amount of drama and romance here to be effective. It's a small movie, but I had a good time with it. I rate this film 8/10.


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