Movie Review: Admission (2013)

Admission is a nice little film that's solid all over but often gets stuck on neutral.

Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is a college admissions officer at Princeton and she had led a pretty straightforward life. But her life gets an unexpected turn when an exceptional high school student and Princeton hopeful (Nat Wolff) makes Portia question what the admission system is all about and her life choices as a whole. Her self-discovery is also made complicated by a budding romance with a progressive school master (Paul Rudd).

I felt the movie never broke through emotionally as it started off as a comedy a la 30 Rock, but then gravitated to a more serious and dramatic ending. I was hoping I would see more of the other, but then again, who would like to see Tina Fey and Paul Rudd do drama? There's also the subplot with Portia's mother (which zinged the feminist movement) but it didn't give the film much depth.

Admission would have been a strong comedy (like Knocked Up, perhaps?), but ended up as a middling dramedy.

Rating: 3/5
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