Movie Review: Admission

By Haywood County Library | Oct 03, 2013

Reviewed by Haywood County Public Librarian Donna Surles

Admission (rated PG-13) is a thoroughly delightful film starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.

Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) plays an admissions counselor at Princeton where she has worked for many years. She has been with the same man for 10 years, and is happy in their relationship. However, during a big dinner, things change dramatically.

During a recruiting trip to a new school, she reconnects with teacher John Pressman (Paul Rudd). They had been at Dartmouth together. John tells her something astounding, which leads her to get one of his students accepted to Princeton. During this trip, she stays with her mother (a wonderful Lily Tomlin). Both of them have issues with one another. Her mother is truly an eccentric character.

Portia and John are drawn to one another. Tina Fey and Paul Rudd are so engaging in their romantic roles. Although she never wanted to have children, Portia finds that she is very fond of John's adopted son. This presents another problem, because John has traveled the world building water systems helping the poor, and wants to continue to do so. His son wants to settle down. There are some good laughs, but it is the relationships between all the characters that makes Admission such a feel-good movie.