Admission (2013) Movie Review
Released : March 22nd, 2013
Reviewed : June 19th, 2013
Genre : Comedy
Story (from IMDB) : A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.
Admissions was a movie that I had good hopes for and sadly it disappointed me quite a lot.
The story follows a college admissions consular during her trips on finding kids to apply for her college comes across a unique child with a urge to learn. Shortly after we mix in a love story, the fact that the child could be one that she gave up in her youth, a comedy, and everything in between. Unfortunately none of these work. It fails to really even become a comedy with the writing at times trying to remain serious. There aren’t really at moments that will make you burst at laughing. Soon though the movie shifts into what it thinks is a romantic heartfelt section where we don’t really feel any connection. At no time did I ever feel interested in the twist that they child might be hers. The best we have is that the two leads have on screen chemistry.
One of the movies strong points are the two leads though. Tina Fey and Paul Rudd are great on screen. Fey as the hard admissions officer while Rudd is the teacher with a different view. Even after the bad love angle with horrible dialog they still manage to at least make it appear as if they have chemistry which is great. Unfortunately though the rest of the cast is unforgettable at best. They do enough to make it through the movie but no one else will make it memorable.
Overall with bad dialog and a constant switch of genres I feel like the movie could of been so much better. If they focused more on the comedy and less on the drama and love we could have had a hit. Instead we get a miss.