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Mar 22, 2013

Applying to college may be one of the most stressful situations for a high school graduate. An acceptance letter is the greatest thing in the world while a rejection letter is more akin to a death sentence. Princeton University receives thousands upon thousands of applications each year, enough to put it at the #1 spot in colleges to apply for.

Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) works in the admissions office and has the power to accept or deny students admission. Naturally, students bombard with questions about the secret to getting in. Be yourself she says. This turns out to be more difficult than she imagined when someone from her past introduces her to a future applicant who just might also be her son she gave up for adoption at birth. It’s something has to either accept or deny and will no doubt affect her for the rest of her life.
Admission is a light-hearted and well thought out comedy that will pull on your heartstrings. Tina Fey and Paul Rudd have great chemistry on screen and are almost always hilarious. Portia has been working at Princeton for 16 years doing the same thing day in and day out. She’s consistent and what some people would find as boring. When John Pressman (Rudd) shows up with a gift kid named Jeremiah (Nat Wolff) who he claims is her son and wants to go to Princeton, her world is turned upside down as she struggles to keep an objective approach to his application.
Much like Fey’s Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, Portia is focused on her career and doesn’t really have time for relationships or family. Unfortunately for her, Nat Wolff is just so damn charming that it’s nearly impossible to not fall in love with him. His character is a genuinely good guy in everything that he does and while some things people might consider weird, like his State runner-up ventriloquist act, he’s always kind and sincere.
It’s the sincerity and light humor that makes Admission work so well. This isn’t some over-the-top comedy that goes solely for laughs. Admission is a great story that just so happens to have comedy in it.
Matt Rodriguez
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