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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.

Director:

Paul Weitz

Writers:

Karen Croner (screenplay by), Jean Hanff Korelitz (based on the novel by)

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Tina Fey ... Portia Nathan
Ann Harada ... Mrs. Lafont
Ben Levin ... Junior Lafont
Dan Levy ... James (as Daniel Joseph Levy)
Maggie Keenan-Bolger Maggie Keenan-Bolger ... Girl on Tour
Gloria Reuben ... Corinne
Paul Rudd ... John Pressman
Wallace Shawn ... Clarence
Elaine Kussack Elaine Kussack ... Abby
Christopher Evan Welch ... Brandt
Michael Genadry ... Ben
Juliet Brett ... Praying Applicant
John Brodsky ... Smug Kid
Camille Branton Camille Branton ... Gymnast
Sarita Choudhury ... Rachael
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Portia's mother Susannah (played by Lily Tomlin), has an art piece on her wall showing a fish riding a bike. This is in reference to Irina Dunn's quote "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle", later popularized by Gloria Steinem. This is thrown in to show Susannah's feminist views. She also quotes Erica Jong at one point. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
Portia Nathan: What's the secret of getting in? I can't tell you. You'll have to find out for yourself.
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References Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (1984) See more »

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We Are Young
Performed by Vassy
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Very Likable Comedy!
17 June 2014 | by g-bodylSee 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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,154,984, 24 March 2013

Gross USA:

$18,007,317

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,637,201
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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