Admission | Chicago Reader


Rated PG-13 117 minutes 2013

Tina Fey stars as a Princeton admissions screener who begins to reconsider her school's elitism when she meets a promising young applicant who may be the son she gave away for adoption; Paul Rudd provides romantic interest as the boy's teacher at a progressive school. This is certainly an interesting idea, though the movie is badly handicapped by Fey, who must venture beyond her usual snippiness into scenes of genuine poignancy and proves unequal to the task. Rudd, who's always functioned best as a straight man (Role Models, I Love You, Man), has no way of bailing her out, though the more satirical scenes involving her Princeton colleagues (among them Gloria Reuben and Wallace Shawn) go off without a hitch. Paul Weitz (Being Flynn) directed; with Michael Sheen and Lily Tomlin.

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Director: Paul Weitz

Producer: Paul Weitz, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Andrew Miano and Caroline Baron

Cast: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Gloria Reuben, Nat Wolff, Lily Tomlin, Travaris Spears, Elaine Kussack, Michael Genadry, Sarita Choudhury, Rob Campbell, Sonya Walger, Christopher Evan Welch and Olek Krupa



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