Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in director Paul Weitz’s comedy about an uptight Princeton admissions officer who encounters a teenage prodigy who may be her long-lost son while recruiting students from an alte
rnative high school. Years ago, Portia Nathan (Fey) quietly placed her newborn son up for adoption. Now she’s got a great career recruiting students for Princeton University. Then, one day, she receives an unexpected call from her free-spirited college classmate John Pressman (Rudd), who runs an alternative high school that’s home to some very gifted students. One such student is Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), whom John believes could be the son that Portia gave up for adoption back in her youth. Meanwhile, as Portia puts her career in jeopardy by altering Jeremiah’s transcript, an unexpected romance begins to blossom.
“[Fey] boasts an improvisation ace’s deadly acumen in timing a rejoinder and sealing a moment with just the right punctuation.” (Los Angeles Times)
“ADMISSION benefits from fine lead performances, deft characterization, and a solid grasp on a very specific cultural milieu. The film’s depiction of the growing mother-son bond between Fey and Wolff is funny and affecting…” (A.V. Club)
“[A] likably breezy campus movie….Just about every character in ADMISSION has an enjoyably feisty intellectual attitude…” — Grade: B (Entertainment Weekly)