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Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy about the unexpected detours we encounter on the road to happiness. Year in and year out, Princeton admissions officer Portia Nathan (Fey) has lived her life by the book. But during her annual recruiting trip, she finds herself reconnecting with a former college classmate, free-spirited teacher John Pressman (Rudd). As she bends the entrance rules for one of his very unconventional students, Portia puts at risk the future she thought she always wanted, and finds her way to a surprising and exhilarating life she never dreamed of having. From director Paul Weitz (In Good Company), and co-starring Michael Sheen and Lily Tomlin, it’s the feel-good movie critics call “funny and fresh!” (Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies)
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Critics Consensus: 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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Common Sense Says
Teen-friendly comedy has laughs but is uneven.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Admission, though overall a humorous peek behind the curtain of college admissions, does tread in somewhat serious waters, dealing with a woman's (Tina Fey) past catching up with her (in the form of a son she gave up for adoption) even as she's abandoned by a longtime lover. It's all played for laughs, of course -- as is the seriously stressful business of trying to get into college -- but tweens and teens who aren't involved in the admissions cycle might not appreciate the jokes quite as much. Expect some swearing (mostly "s--t" and "damn"), frank references to sex and drinking (primarily in college, where a teenager is shown attending a party with students who are partaking, though he doesn't drink himself), and sometimes-scathing discussions about high school seniors and their college applications.
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama
- Release Date:March 22, 2013
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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