Admission (film)

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Admission movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Weitz
Written byKaren Croner
Based onAdmission
by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Produced byPaul Weitz
Kerry Kohansky-Roberts
Andrew Miano
CinematographyDeclan Quinn
Edited byJoan Sobel
Music byStephen Trask
Depth of Field
Distributed byFocus Features
Release date
  • March 22, 2013 (2013-03-22)
Running time
108 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$13 million[2]
Box office$18,637,201[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 Jean Hanff Korelitz's 2009 novel of the same name.


Straight-laced Princeton University Admissions Officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is caught off guard while making 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 hers. 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 photocopy mistake on his birth certificate and that 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 yet. Pressman points out to her that she is on the waitlist "... and that's not so bad."



The film was directed by Paul Weitz, known for his work on About a Boy, and was based on the novel of the same name by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The film was shot both at the Princeton University campus and at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.[8] A trailer for the film was released on November 20, 2012.[9] The film was released on March 22, 2013. Admission was the first major motion picture to use RushTera for post-production collaboration.


Admission received mixed reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an approval rating of 39% based on 158 reviews, with a weighted average of 5.50/10. The site's consensus reads: "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".[10] Metacritic gives an average score of 48% based on 39 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[11]


  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. 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)". Huffington Post. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  6. ^ "'Admission' Trailer: Tina Fey And Paul Rudd, Together At Last". 2012-11-16. Archived from the original on 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  7. ^ Plait, Phil (2012-11-16). "Admission trailer: Tina Fey and Paul Rudd are going to Princeton. (VIDEO)". Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  8. ^ Martin Griff/The Times. "Tina Fey, Paul Rudd movie 'Admission' to film scenes at Princeton University". Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  9. ^ "Admission - Official Trailer". YouTube. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  10. ^ "Admission (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  11. ^ "Admission". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 4, 2013.

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