Good movie. The comedy is subtle, so those wanting Tina Fey's SNL goofs will be unhappy. It is not for young kids. They will be bored. It it not for the high action/adventure people. It is for folks who like an amusing story well told. Overall, it's nice entertainment.
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.
Paul Rudd + Tina Fey= Hilarious comedy, correct? Wrong. You see those two together, and instantly you would think, this is going to be awesome. Instead you get a very boring, over long, dramady that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Fey stars as an admissions officer for Princeton. Known to reject a ton of kids, it's hard for kids to stand out of the crowd. Enter Rudd, who is a teacher at a new school and has a unique student whom he thinks should be accepted into the college. The student in question could also be Fey's baby that she gave up for adoption many years ago. Now she is faced with the knowledge that this could be her child and whether or not to help him get admission into one of the most elite colleges in the country. It just sounds boring, but when you add those two actors, you would expect some kind of laughs and chemistry, but nope. It's almost like they made this with the intention of making the two leads as uninteresting as possible. I nodded off a couple times, and Emily stayed awake, but she didn't care for it either. Movies like this are usually her cup of tea, but here she thought the same thing I did. It's just not very good. Reminded me of another Rudd movie called "How Do You Know", where they completely mishandled him. Just forget all about this movie and pass it over for some of their better actual comedies.
Just another movie to be seen and quickly forgotten.
In this PG-13-rated romantic comedy from director Paul Weitz (In Good Company), a straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer (Fey) makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate (Rudd), who has surmised that a gifted yet very unconventional student might well be the son that she secretly gave up for adoption.
Truly, Tina Fey tends to get a pass from this reviewer. But boy, has she earned it. Even when her comedies don't generate a ludicrous amount of belly laughs (Baby Mama) or pride themselves on being a disposable but fun piece of popcorn (Date Night), her natural beauty, always spot-on performance and - in some cases - gift of prose betray a wit and wisdom for the H'Wood ages. Together with Paul Rudd, a long-underrated comic actor who's finally getting his due, it's the perfect setup for an often well-played - but not exactly uproarious - comedy.
Bottom line: Flirty Rock.
Tina Fey shines in this film. I would love to see her do a straight out drama. She has a great on screen chemistry with Paul Rudd. Lily Tomlin steals the film as Fey's mother. Gloria Reuben and Wallace Shawn are great in their supporting roles.
I definitely recommend this film.