Focus Features’ new comedy/drama ADMISSION stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in the film written and directed by Paul Weitz (About A Boy, Being Flynn, And In Good Company) and it is both humorous and dramatic in varied scenes that allows each actor to shine and use the great talent they each have. I was not quite sure how comedic it was going to be, and although surprized and how much less it was crazy-hilarious-funny, it is a very good film and is not as predictable as I had anticipated it to be. Academy Award nominee Weitz has success with this appealing story and the performances.
I absolutely love that none of the adults have graphic love scenes in the film and when the story leads in that direction, it is done tastefully and without showing us every part of their bodies. It is actually humorous how Weitz cuts quickly from one scene to the next; before and after. Next.
At Princeton University, Portia Nathan (Fey) is an admissions officer evaluating thousands of applications and lives with Princeton professor Mark (Michael Sheen). When I saw how aloof he treats Portia at the beginning of the film, I know there is trouble with that relationship.
Portia has not seen her mother, Susannah (Lily Tomlin) for quite a while and it is very evident during her stop while working outside of the office that there is trouble with their relationship too.
Note the pattern? Well, it is no different when she runs into her former college classmate, John Pressman (Paul Rudd) who is now a teacher at an alternative high school. Jeremiah (Nat Wolff) is a student who wants to pursue higher education but has not really prepared for it. Wolff does an excellent job with this role and was recently seen in New Year’s Eve (2011), but has a much more prominent role in Admission. Let’s hope this leads to better and better roles for him.
I liked the script for the journey that this woman takes and the way Fey interpreted this character. It is very good to see Lily Tomlin in this film and is great as Portia’s mother.
I certainly would recommend this film and if you missed it this weekend, perhaps during the week or upcoming holiday might be a good time to view. Enjoy!
[Source: Focus Features]