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comedy, drama, romance

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy about the unexpected detours we encounter on the road to happiness.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
1 out of 5

Teen-friendly comedy has laughs but is uneven.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Admission, though overall a humorous peek behind the curtain of college admissions, does tread in somewhat serious waters, dealing with a woman's (Tina Fey) past catching up with her (in the form of a son she gave up for adoption) even as she's abandoned by a longtime lover. It's all played for laughs, of course -- as is the seriously stressful business of trying to get into college -- but tweens and teens who aren't involved in the admissions cycle might not appreciate the jokes quite as much. Expect some swearing (mostly "s--t" and "damn"), frank references to sex and drinking (primarily in college, where a teenager is shown attending a party with students who are partaking, though he doesn't drink himself), and sometimes-scathing discussions about high school seniors and their college applications.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what Admission is saying about the college application process. Is it random? Deliberate? Should the results be taken personally? How realistic do you think the version on display here really is?
  • How does the movie portray college life? Are there any scenes that show the real-life consequences of partying?
  • Parents, talk to your kids about the lead-up to the college application process. Is it stressful? Should it be? What's the best way to prepare for it?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Fey and Rudd] are fun to watch, though not as much fun as they might have been in a riskier, crazier movie.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, March 21, 2013

Rotten: You could call it a dramedy, I guess, but that manufactured term suggests a blending of the two elements. Here they exist almost as separate genres squeezed into the same movie.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, March 21, 2013

Rotten: What is most distressing about Admission is that it serves as further evidence that Tina Fey, despite her dominance of the small screen, has not yet mastered the big one.

- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, Friday, March 22, 2013

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The idea of a Fey/Rudd romcom plays better in your head than this film actually does, which is the real surprise here. Somehow they disregarded the magic the film should've revolved around - and so what's left are threads, decent threads, that don't connect. Unsatisfying. Liked seeing Tomlin again.

- ApeneckFletcher, Thursday, April 11, 2013

3 stars

An Admission of guilty pleasure at times, Tina Fey's latest cinematic venture doesn't make the honor role but a solid 'C' gains it a letter of acceptance. When H'Wood usually focuses on higher education, it takes dead aim at the Valhallan extracurricular activity known as partying. Here, however, the material proves more Paper Chase than Animal House...and not in a stuffy manner either. Rather, Admission is more higher minded about higher education, even if it still checks off some formulaic boxes before commencement. The flick doesn't always juggle romantic comedy, workplace comedy, and family comedy with great ease either, but the leads' awesome chemistry deserves high honors. In this PG-13-rated romantic comedy from director Paul Weitz (In Good Company), a straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer (Fey) makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate (Rudd), who has surmised that a gifted yet very unconventional student might well be the son that she secretly gave up for adoption. Truly, Tina Fey tends to get a pass from this reviewer. But boy, has she earned it. Even when her comedies don't generate a ludicrous amount of belly laughs (Baby Mama) or pride themselves on being a disposable but fun piece of popcorn (Date Night), her natural beauty, always spot-on performance and - in some cases - gift of prose betray a wit and wisdom for the H'Wood ages. Together with Paul Rudd, a long-underrated comic actor who's finally getting his due, it's the perfect setup for an often well-played - but not exactly uproarious - comedy. Bottom line: Flirty Rock.

- jeffboam, Tuesday, April 16, 2013

3 stars

This film took me by surprise. I thought I wasn't gonna like it, especially hearing how critics didn't like the film. However, after watching the film, I was pleasantly surprised. The film is very entertaining. The film reminded me of movies like Smart People, Wonder Boys, and One True Thing. Tina Fey shines in this film. I would love to see her do a straight out drama. She has a great on screen chemistry with Paul Rudd. Lily Tomlin steals the film as Fey's mother. Gloria Reuben and Wallace Shawn are great in their supporting roles. I definitely recommend this film.

- SC007, Sunday, March 31, 2013