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Director: Paul Weitz

Cast: Paul Weitz, Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff


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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 alternative high school. Years ago, Portia Nathan (Fey) quietly placed her newborn son up for adoption. Now she's got a great career…  See more details below


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 alternative 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.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Armed with a revered and award-wining comedy writer as his female lead, and one of the most consistently likable and engaging male leads of his generation, the romantic comedy Admission should be so much better than it is -- a complaint that seems to run pretty consistently through the post-About a Boy work of director Paul Weitz. Tina Fey stars as Portia, a bigwig in the admissions department at Princeton, a school that prides itself of accepting only the very best. Portia is a workaholic on less-than-stellar terms with her über-independent, feminist-minded mother (Lily Tomlin). In addition to sifting through thousands of hopeful applicants, Portia's work involves visiting various high schools to extol the virtues of her Ivy League employers. One of these stops is at an unconventional school run by John Pressman (Paul Rudd), who encourages Portia to consider his best student, Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), even though the brilliant, orphaned teen has a checkered educational history. Complicating matters further, John believes Jeremiah might be Portia's son, given up for adoption eighteen years before. Tina Fey is undeniably a brilliant comedy writer, but this is not her script, and while there are good laugh lines scattered through the movie, the attempts at genuine drama never quite take root -- possibly because this is Fey's first attempt to stretch our perception of her as an actress. She's not without skill in this capacity; she brings an admirable element of pathos to the scenes where she humiliates herself in attempts to protect Jeremiah, but the writing feels by-the-numbers, and Fey can't quite overcome the pedestrian dialogue. Likewise, Rudd, an actor capable of winning over audience with just a smile, has almost nothing to play with. His character seems to exist solely to set the plot of the movie in motion. The two actors are fine together, but the characters never feel like three-dimensional people. Nat Wolff gets the juiciest character, and the young actor is rock-solid in the part; he's quite endearing as a genius kid who hasn't yet developed the social skills he's going to need to get through life, even though we can tell he will acquire them in time. He's immature, but not hopelessly so. Tomlin gets the biggest laughs of the movie largely because her character is so cruelly blunt with her daughter -- their relationship is easily the most interesting element of the script. Sadly, that and almost everything else fall by the wayside during an overly long final act devoted to Portia making a heartfelt pitch to the admissions board to let Jeremiah into the prestigious university. The whole sequence goes on for so long that eventually it dawns on us that we're not invested in their decision, or in the budding relationship between Portia and John, or in anything much at all happening onscreen. Like much of Weitz's previous work (Being Flynn, American Dreamz, In Good Company), Admission squanders its most interesting aspects, flattening them out into a tidy, dull narrative instead of running with their more outlandish aspects, or focusing deeper on the pain at the heart of the characters.

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Special Features

Early admission with Tina Fey & Paul Rudd

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tina Fey Portia Nathan
Paul Rudd John Pressman
Nat Wolff Jeremiah
Michael Sheen Mark
Wallace Shawn Clarence
Gloria Reuben Corinne
Travaris Meeks-Spears Nelson
Lily Tomlin Susannah
Ann Harada Mrs. Lafont
Ben Levin Junior Lafont
Daniel Joseph Levy James
Maggie Keenan-Bolger Girl on Tour
Elaine Kussack Abby
Christopher Evan Welch Brandt
Michael Genadry Ben
Juliet Brett Praying Applicant
John Brodsky Smug Kid
Camille Branton Gymnast
Sarita Choudhury Rachael
Ken Barnett Admissions Counselor
Travis Bratten Quest Student
Tanisha Long Quest Student
Nadia Alexander Quest Student
Karen Pham Quest Student
Rob Campbell Richard
Sonya Walger Helen
Olek Krupa Polokov
Roby Sobieski Makeout Guy
Lauren Anne Schaffel Student at Party
Brian Charles Johnson Student at Party
Lipica Shah Student at Party
Jarod Einsohn Keg Guy
Caliaf St. Aubyn Keg Guy's Friend
Zita-Ann Geoffrey Tour Group Mom
Laura Jordan Woman
Sarah Quinn Young Mother
Jason Blaj Supermarket Kid
Zachary Unger Jeremiah (8 Years Old)
Lisa Emery Mrs. Pressman
Mihran Shlougian Jeremiah's Dad
Lynne Taylor Jeremiah's Mom
Brian d'Arcy James Christopher Flynn
Leigha Handcock Yulia Karasov
David Simins A Capella Singer
Brad Wilson A Capella Singer
Ryan McCarty A Capella Singer
Krishna Choudhary A Capella Singer
Ricky Jones A Capella Singer
Thomas Merckens A Capella Singer
Alan Robert Southworth A Capella Singer
Chris Brownell A Capella Singer
Chris Palermo A Capella Singer
Anthony Capers Jeremiah's Buddy
Julia Faye Fisher Agency Receptionist
Gameela Wright Woman in Adoption Agency

Technical Credits
Paul Weitz Director,Producer
Dan Balgoyen Co-producer
Kerry Barden Casting
Caroline Baron Executive Producer
Philip Beck Special Effects Supervisor
Aude Bronson-Howard Costumes/Costume Designer
Linda Cohen Musical Direction/Supervision
Karen Croner Screenwriter
Richard Dean Makeup
Bonita DeHaven Makeup
Douglas Huszti Art Director
Sarah Knowles Production Designer
Kerry Kohansky-Roberts Producer
Andrew Miano Producer
Christo Morse Asst. Director
Declan Quinn Cinematographer
Paul Schnee Casting
Joan Sobel Editor
Stephen Trask Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Admission
1. Scene 1 [6:25]
2. Scene 2 [3:57]
3. Scene 3 [6:16]
4. Scene 4 [3:27]
5. Scene 5 [4:54]
6. Scene 6 [4:08]
7. Scene 7 [6:24]
8. Scene 8 [4:39]
9. Scene 9 [6:33]
10. Scene 10 [4:08]
11. Scene 11 [:38]
12. Scene 12 [4:08]
13. Scene 13 [3:10]
14. Scene 14 [6:55]
15. Scene 15 [3:39]
16. Scene 16 [4:01]
17. Scene 17 [6:25]
18. Scene 18 [7:02]
19. Scene 19 [8:39]
20. Scene 20 [5:00]


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Admission 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise, likable characters, light comedy.