Admission (2013)

Admission (2013)
  • Time: 107 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Director: Paul Weitz
  • Cast: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen


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.

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  • Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) has worked hard to achieve the job that she has. She’s one of the folks in charge of admissions at Princeton, that Ivy League gem. There’s more. Not only is this woman a dream dasher or maker, she also is supposed to drum up an extremely large pool of applicants, as Princeton views it is as a status symbol to be the number one college students long to attend. Last year, they slipped to number two so the boss (Wallace Shawn) expects a return to the top. Thus, Portia is always on the road, giving a song and dance to the high school crowds the land over. One day, she visits an unusually non-traditional school in New Hampshire, where she meets teacher John (Paul Rudd). It is he who tells her about a prodigy named Jeremiah who would make a great candidate for Princeton. Unfortunately, his really high years were failures, as he didn’t see the meaning of certain classes. Yet, he is so well read he excelled in all of the advanced placement exams, without taking the courses, and aced his SAT’s, too. John also unloads another bombshell about Jeremiah to Portia, one that shakes her up. Since her eccentric mother Susanna (Lily Tomlin) lives nearby, she goes there for the night, hoping to find comfort. Yet, mother and daughter don’t always get along and this time is no different. Then, its back to Princeton, where Portia must convince fellow staff members and her boss that Jeremiah is worthy of admission slip to Princeton. Can she do this? Also, from the first meeting, John has an attraction for Portia and visa versa. Will this become an impediment? This is a fine film, with an excellent, probing tale of the tough world of admissions to the Ivy League. Its truly like scaling Everest, folks! The cast is terrific, with Fey and Rudd making an excellent couple while Tomlin, Shawn, Gloria Reuben, and all of the rest are most excellent backup! Settings, costumes, and lively direction polish the final product as well. Get admission folks, to this fine film, anyway you can manage it.

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