Admission (2013 film)

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Admission
Admission movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Weitz
Produced by Paul Weitz
Kerry Kohansky-Roberts
Andrew Miano
Screenplay by Karen Croner
Based on Admission 
by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Starring
Music by Stephen Trask
Cinematography Declan Quinn
Edited by Joan Sobel
Production
company
Depth of Field
Distributed by Focus Features
Release dates
  • March 22, 2013 (2013-03-22)
Running time 108 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million[2]
Box office $18,007,317[3]

Admission is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Paul Weitz and starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. The film was released in the United States and Canada on March 22, 2013.[4][5][6][7] It is an adaptation of a novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, also called Admission.

Plot[edit]

Strait-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is caught off guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by a former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Pressman (Paul Rudd). With vast experience in the coaching, consoling, and criticism involving Princeton's admission, she pays a visit to the Quest School, where John teaches while raising an adopted son. After exposing Portia to outspoken Quest students' impressions of college, he takes her to meet the rather unconventional Jeremiah Balakian, a child prodigy.

Back on campus, Portia's longtime boyfriend Mark breaks up with her after impregnating a "Virginia Woolf scholar" named Helen. After an awkward romantic attraction to Pressman, she arranges for Jeremiah to visit Princeton, where she and a colleague, Corinne, are rivals to succeed the soon-to-retire dean of admissions.

Portia long ago had a secret pregnancy, putting the baby up for adoption, and is shown apparent proof by Pressman that Jeremiah is her son. Although he is brilliant, Jeremiah's miserable transcript results in his being deemed unfit to attend the university. Portia, in an act that greatly endangers her position, schemes to gain Jeremiah entrance into the school, knowing that Princeton cannot reveal such a scandal.

Her resignation is demanded. Later, when revealing to Jeremiah that she is his biological mother, she finds out that there was a mistake in his birth certificate and the boy has already located his actual biological mother. Portia appears at the adoption agency, trying to locate her son, where she describes her life with a different perspective. When asked how would she feel to meet her actual child, she replies that she would feel "nervous, but lucky."

In the end, now dating Pressman, she receives a letter about her son, which says he is not ready to meet her. Pressman points out to her that she is on the wait list, "... and that's not so bad".

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was directed by Paul Weitz, known for his work on About a Boy, and based on the novel of the same name by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The film was shot at both the Princeton University campus and at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.[8] A trailer for the film was released on November 20, 2012.[8] The film was released on March 22, 2013.

Reception[edit]

Admission received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 38% rating on based on 143 reviews, with the site's consensus: "Admission has a pair of immensely likable leads in Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, but it wastes them on a contrived (and clumsily directed) screenplay".[9] Metacritic gives an average score of 48% based on 39 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ADMISSION (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Admission (2013)". The Numbers. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Admission (2013)". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Tina Fey, Paul Rudd 'Admission' trailer released – watch | Film & TV News". Nme.Com. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  5. ^ "'Admission' Trailer: Tina Fey & Paul Rudd Go Back To School (VIDEO)". Huffingtonpost.com. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  6. ^ "'Admission' Trailer: Tina Fey And Paul Rudd, Together At Last". News.moviefone.com. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  7. ^ Plait, Phil (2012-11-16). "Admission trailer: Tina Fey and Paul Rudd are going to Princeton. (VIDEO)". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  8. ^ a b Martin Griff/The Times. "Tina Fey, Paul Rudd movie 'Admission' to film scenes at Princeton University". NJ.com. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  9. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/admission/[full citation needed]
  10. ^ "Admission". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 

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