Admission starring Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Nat Wolff is an upcoming comedy directed by Paul Weitz known for the movies: About A Boy and In Good Company. This new film is about a Princeton admissions officer Portia Nathan (played by Tina Fey) who is currently up for a big promotion. She is taking a risk after he meets a kid from a college-bound alternative school who just might be the son she gave up years ago. Check out an early review for Admission below:
“Tina Fey and Paul Rudd In A New Comedy: Admission
Deftly playing Tina Fey’s feminist-icon mother, Lily Tomlin all but steals Admission, a knowing but uneven comedy about the neuroticism of the college-admission process on both sides of the equation. The foibles of supposedly intelligent adult characters cause humor to erupt at odd moments throughout this quasi-farcical look at high-end academia, but director Paul Weitz betrays an erratic grip on the comic tone, and the misguided central characters emerge, in the end, as less likable than they ought to be. By its nature already limited in appeal to mostly upscale middle-aged audiences, this Focus release will be challenged to push beyond modest returns in specialized release.
Karen Croner’s adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel springboards off the panic and mania that seize students and parents alike when it comes to competing for prized slots at American institutions of higher learning. However, the focus here is not on parents and some of the kids competing with 20,000 others to get into Princeton’s class of 2016 but rather on one of the admissions officers, Portia Nathan (Fey), who will help decide their fates. At the same time, she’s vying with another colleague, Corinne (Gloria Reuben), to replace the retiring dean of admissions (Wallace Shawn).
Weighed down with reams of applications but primly organized and efficient, Portia has been doing this for years and has her rap down pat about how there is “no secret formula” for getting in, you just have to “be yourself” and so forth. However, Portia is a tightly wound woman who’s about to completely unravel. On a tour of high schools, she swings by ultra-alternative New Quest to visit teacher and former college classmate John (Paul Rudd), who’s got an exceptional student, Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), he hopes she can champion at Princeton. The adopted kid of working-class parents, he’s an autodidact with bad grades but perfect test scores.
Unfortunately, two consecutive scenes that vitally change the course of Portia’s life and that of the film are highly contrived and awkwardly managed. Mixed signals between Portia and John result in a botched sexual encounter trumped by John informing Portia that he’s discovered she’s Jeremiah’s biological mother. Then, when Portia rushes home to help her English department chairman hubby (Michael Sheen) host a reception, he chooses this public moment to mention that he’s leaving her for another woman, who is both present and already pregnant.
Tailspinning Portia has enough trouble maintaining her composed professionalism without all the continued badgering from John, who, in a less-than-hilarious slapstick interlude back at his overweeningly sustainable utopia, forces her to help birth a calf. Endlessly wallowing in his globe-trotting do-gooding and political correctness, John is annoying enough so as to require all of Rudd’s natural charm to make the character even partially palatable as a romantic lead.”
The rest of the article can be read at The Hollywood Reporter
Admission is set to premiere in theaters on March 22nd 2013.
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