Admission

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Admission has a pair of immensely likable leads in Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, but it wastes them on a contrived (and clumsily directed) screenplay.

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Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Paul Rudd (This is 40) are paired for the first time on-screen in Admission, the new comedy/drama directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz (About a Boy, In Good Company), about the surprising detours we encounter on the road to happiness. Every spring, high school seniors anxiously await letters of college admission that will affirm and encourage their potential. At Princeton University, admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is a gatekeeper evaluating thousands of applicants. Year in and year out, Portia has lived her life by the book, at work as well as at the home she shares with Princeton professor Mark (Michael Sheen). When Clarence (Wallace Shawn), the Dean of Admissions, announces his impending retirement, the likeliest candidates to succeed him are Portia and her office rival Corinne (Gloria Reuben). For Portia, however, it's business as usual as she hits the road on her annual recruiting trip. (c) Focus

Cast

Tina Fey
as Portia Nathan
Paul Rudd
as John Pressman
Nat Wolff
as Jeremiah
Wallace Shawn
as Clarence
Lily Tomlin
as Susannah
Ann Harada
as Mrs. Lafont
Ben Levin (II)
as Junior Lafont
Juliet Brett
as Praying Applicant
John Brodsky
as Smug Kid
Freddie Francis
as Admissions Counselor
Travis Bratten
as Quest Student
Tanisha Long
as Quest Student
Nadia Alexander
as Quest Student
Karen Pham
as Quest Student
Rob Campbell
as Richard
Olek Krupa
as Polokov
Roby Sobieski
as Makeout Guy
Lauren Anne Schaffel
as Student at Party
Brian Charles Johnson
as Student at Party
Lipica Shah
as Student at Party
Caliaf St. Aubyn
as Keg Guy's Friend
Zita-Ann Geoffrey
as Tour Group Mom
Sarah Quinn
as Young Mother
Jason Blaj
as Supermarket Kid
Zachary Unger
as Jeremiah (8 Years Old)
Lisa Emery
as Mrs. Pressman
Mihran Shlougian
as Jeremiah's Dad
Lynne Taylor
as Jeremiah's Mom
Brian d'Arcy James
as Christopher Flynn
Leigha Handcock
as Yulia Karasov
David Simins
as A Capella Singer
Brad Wilson
as A Capella Singer
Ryan McCarty
as A Capella Singer
Krishna Choudhary
as A Capella Singer
Ricky Lee Jones
as A Capella Singer
Thomas Merckens
as A Capella Singer
Alan Robert Southworth
as A Capella Singer
Chris Brownell
as A Capella Singer
Chris Palermo
as A Capella Singer
Anthony Capers
as Jeremiah's Buddy
Julia Faye Fisher
as Agency Receptionist
Gameela Wright
as Woman in Adoption Agency
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Critic Reviews for Admission

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (96)

  • At the heart of the problem with this movie are matters of logic and cogency.

    January 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Intermittently sharp but often dully over-extended.

    June 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The comic material really isn't there, and the plot transitions feel forced and uncomfortable ...

    June 13, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie subverts expectations, and not in a good way, by seeming in a dither about its own identity.

    June 13, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This is comedy with zero pulse.

    June 13, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The themes are important, even if in this Hollywood laundering they are sloshed about in love suds and clattered by uneven comedy spins.

    June 13, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Admission

  • Jul 20, 2014
    I always Paul Rudd's movies even though he's still somewhere to become an A-list Hollywood actor, at least he already have his name in the comedy industry.. Especially since he paired with one of the funniest actress nowadays -Tina Fey- the expectation got to be a little high.. But what I got in here is a decent rom-com movie with such a waste of talent of Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, even though their chemistry kinda lovely in here..
    Sanjaya & Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2014
    Despite charming performances from the leads (and the always great Lily Tomlin) this falls pretty flat.
    Julie B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2014
    So glad I didn't buy this one. (Was tempted when I first saw it out. Comedy with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. Would have to be worth a look, right? Hmmm. Not so much). Quite dull really. Drags along, not overly funny. Just meh. Okay to have on in the background, but bland story light on laughs.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2014
    Admission had its charming performances from Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, but its just not very funny and the emotional moments didn't really touch me.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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