***This review may contain spoilers***
Admission (2013) follows the story of Portia Nathan (Tina Fey), a Princeton admissions officer, who ultimately risks her job to help a young man, possibly the son she gave up for adoption years ago, get into the university she works for.
What I liked about this movie:
The behind the scenes look at the admissions process of Princeton (and how many other schools like it?) and the questions it asks: What really gets you into a college/university? Your parents’ legacy? How many extra curricular activities you were involved in? Your character?
From the man stealing “Woolf woman,” to Portia’s workplace competition, Corinne, all the women in this film showed an amount of power over their lives which was really refreshing to see.
Paul Rudd is adorable as only he can be (think How Do You Know) and plays a very involved and loving single dad. I always appreciate it when writers write strong men in next to strong women. Somehow it always seems to be one or the other.
Best performance goes to Lilly Tomlin (hands down!) as the fiercely independent, albeit neglectful mother, whose maternal instinct eventually kicks in. The shot gun scene was fun.
What I didn’t like about this movie:
It didn’t really feel like a comedy, though it was marketed as such, and I went in with expectations that it didn’t meet. It was funny at times, Fey brings some humor to the role, but it was based more in drama and asking the poignant question of what it means to be a good parent: single, working, adoptive, biological, etc.
Recommendation: Yay or Nay?
Yay. Even though it’s not a great movie, nor is it now a favorite of mine, it’s still a movie that I enjoyed watching. It’s also important to support films like this, so studios get the $message$ that if they put movies out there with strong female characters (especially protagonists), they can still make some money.