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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
Positive role models
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
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Positive messages
2 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

1 star

Even though Tina Fey has a few witty lines, there is simply nothing here.

- ghostdog86, Monday, April 8, 2013

4 stars

Entertaining. It was a rather complicated plot but they pulled it off without being contrived. Tina Fey is pretty good as a regular actress--just enough funny to be appealing, just enough regular to make the character believable. Paul Rudd is the perfect date movie, well, date. The movie itself is, I'm assuming, a rather realistic look at how admission to an Ivy League school works in 2013, which is frightening. That kids arrive for opening day of college in anything other than complete mental collapse is a miracle. The movie was also an interesting look at motherhood/fatherhood and people leaving their DNA strewn around without thought of the consequence. Only nit-pick--and isn't there always one?--is the mother (Lily Tomlin) who was GREAT, but her role as a self-absorbed a*h* of an ex-hippie mother is a disturbing trend in movies. They aren't ALL like that, although they might be the most interesting.

- bathshebamonk, Friday, March 29, 2013

2 stars

Portia: You all want to know the secret to getting in. Admission is a film that I do not have anything against, for what it is, but I also do not have a whole lot to say about it, as the film is pretty bland. At this point, I saw the film a few weeks ago and it really did not make much of a lasting impression. In regards to its setting and what we learn about an admissions process, the story presents something new, to an extent, but the film is still fairly predictable. It would be hard for a film that stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd to be unlikable, which is why I do not outright despise the film, but Admission has a lack of energy in a film that has stars capable of spouting fun zingers. read the whole review at

- DrZeek, Friday, March 22, 2013