I really liked “Admission.” I liked it more than I expected to, even though I like anything Tina Fey does these days.
Not only was it a funny movie, but it took an interesting angle on the public-vs-private school debate (a subject of much discussion in our family) and managed to provide a lot of food for thought along with all the laughs.
Here’s an excerpt from my review:
From start to finish, “Admission” is a film that feels tailor-made for Fey – and it’s no surprise that the screenplay was written with her in mind. Princeton admissions officer Portia Nathan is essentially Liz Lemon (“30 Rock”) filtered through the tweed and sweater vests of Ivy League culture, equal parts smart and quirky, brilliant and awkward. Without the sort of personality Fey gives the character, Portia’s crisis of faith would never be believable, and both Fey and screenwriter Karen Croner do a nice job of first giving her a reason to believe in what she’s doing – and then giving her a reason to change.
“Admission” also benefits from an outstanding supporting cast headlined by Paul Rudd (“This Is 40”), whose chemistry with Fey makes it seem perfectly reasonable to want this duo to pair up for at least one movie together every year. They really are that good whenever they share a scene.
You can read the rest of the review at IFC.com. “Admission” opens this week in theaters.