Admissions (2004)





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A gifted high-school student flubs her college admissions interviews for the most unexpected reasons in this independent coming-of-age drama. Cynical, world-weary Evie (Lauren Ambrose) is more interested in taking care of her family than getting into the Ivy League institutions for which she seems destined. Dad Harry (John Savage) spends all his time building model trains in the basement, while workaholic mom Martha (Amy Madigan) depends on Evie to take care of her other daughter, developmentally challenged Emily (Taylor Roberts). When she's not busy reading poetry to her sister Emily, Evie hangs out with James (Fran Kranz), the sensitive boy next door, whose romantic overtures prove too confusing to acknowledge. College also seems too daunting, so Evie deliberately blows one university interview after another in the hopes of staying at home as her sister's keeper. Meanwhile, Evie begins passing off her own poems as Emily's, fuelling the belief that her brain-damaged sister is actually a literary savant. The scheme, of course, blows up in her face -- but Evie isn't prepared for the other family secrets that emerge when the truth comes out. Directed by indie producer-turned-director Melissa Painter, Admissions was adapted by screenwriter Dawn O'Leary from her own stage play.
Drama , Television
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Lauren Ambrose
as Evie Brighton
Amy Madigan
as Martha Brighton
Taylor Roberts
as Emily Brighton
Christopher Lloyd
as Stewart Worthy
John Savage
as Harry Brighton
Fran Kranz
as James
Scott Adsit
as Harvard Interviewer
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All Critics (2)

A simple little story of sisterly devotion.

Full Review… | July 2, 2005

strange and often baffling

June 30, 2005

Audience Reviews for Admissions


5.5/10. Slightly better than avarage drama, well acted but I just wasn't always into the film, the story didn't do much for me. Professionally done.

James Higgins
James Higgins

What could be a moving and heartwarming movie is so ponderous and without an iota of tension to up the stakes and make us care.

Matthew Mazenauer
Matthew Mazenauer

Great story telling film, with a unexpected twist at the end. Ambrose does a wonderful job, so does Amy Madigan. This could have easily been trite..but this seemed like a great collborative effort.

Keysha H
Keysha H

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