Running Time: 107 minutes
Directed by: Paul Weitz
Starring: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff, Michael Sheen
Admission is based on a novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz about a Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Fey). Portia is on her annual recruitment visits to various high schools when she gets a call from John Pressman (Rudd), a teacher and part administrator of the small and quirky Quest School. Against her usual judgment, Portia decides to make a stop at Quest School in hopes that by taking a daring chance at an alternative high school she may increase her chances of being promoted to Dean of Admissions. After visiting Quest School where she meets an interesting and unconventional teen, Jeremiah Balakian (Wolff), Pressman reveals to her that Jeremiah may be the son whom she has given up for adoption years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself in a struggle to accept the possibility that Jeremiah is her son, and as the idea settles, she begins to bend the rules in order to up the chances of Jeremiah being admitted to Princeton.
The film is not exactly what I expected it to be. Whenever the names Tina Fey and Paul Rudd come to mind, the first thought is comedy. Although the film is a comedy, to me it could also be seen as a much more serious film, with comedic moments. I love the cast, from Lily Tomlin to Michael Sheen to the kids, Nat Wolff to Travaris Spears, and of course to the main two figures of the movie, Paul Rudd and Tina Fey. The chemistry between the characters creates a believable storyline, and you just can’t help but laugh at Fey’s character as she finds her perfectly “boring” life spiral out of control from one event to the next. I couldn’t help but notice the design of the sets or the homes that the crew had chosen for the film was beautiful and reflects the personality of the different characters perfectly.
It was a meaningful film, mainly focusing on the choices that we make every day, and how some of those choices will affect the rest of our lives. It was a simple, funny, adorable and touching movie. I would definitely recommend it as a light weekend flick to watch and chill at home with.
Rating: 6 out of 10