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I would see Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in pretty much anything and when I saw that they are both in this comedy i was very excited. The film was not great, it was actually mediocre, but I had a pretty good time watching it. The film struggled to find its tone and it was not funny enough, however the lead actors made it watchable and likable. I really enjoyed the dialogue in this film and Tina Fey was wonderful as always, however I did not really like some of the themes in the film. Overall, it is a pleasant picture but I do not think you need to see it on the big screen, you will be better off renting it and enjoying it at the comfort of your home.
I was kind of excited to see this film because I love Tina Fey and Paul Rudd and I was interested to see how they work together on the big screen. I am sad to say that I was quite disappointed with this film and I do not think it is worth seeing in the theaters. I found the film to be quite phony and it was full of “secret” messages about women, careers, and motherhood and I did not agree with any of these messages. I really do not understand why Tina and Paul have agreed to be in this film, they are so much better than this film. Overall, I think this film is not worth your time and money, I suggest seeing a different film.
If you're smart and funny - or just like people who are smart and funny - then you must love Tina Fey. She's just the best when it comes to playing normal types who aren't beauty queens but who have lots to offer in terms of their humor and intellect. This movie gives her ample chance to display her many gifts, which is kind of surprising in terms of the subject matter. Some people will scoff at the overt display of feminist politics in the story (it's a fluff piece, I can hear them crying) but it also has a lot of heart thanks to the very real performance put in by Fey. The story gets a little convoluted in the middle when Fey's character Portia has to to make a connection with the son she gave up for adoption many years ago and it seems kind of overly sentimental in parts. Paul Rudd is great, however, and he lets Fey steal the show (she would have anyway). The movie is good, if not great.
Okay, so I have to admit that this wasn't the best starring vehicle for Tina Fey post 30 Rock. But it is a decent one, and one that lets her do something that she hasn't done before. It's a semi serious role of a professional woman who works on the admissions board at Princeton University and she has the opportunity to move up after her boss announces his retirement. Her boss, by the by, is played by the inimitably hilarious Wallace Shawn. Since Paul Rudd is also in it, the two of them play off each other with the dry witty banter that you'd expect, though to be honest you'd be hard pressed to find much of it as memorable as you might prefer. Fey is the star of the show with Rudd ably supporting her in a typical Rudd kind of role. The show is stolen, however, by the screamingly funny performance from Lily Tomlin who milks every second of screen time for what it's worth. I would watch it for Rudd and Fey, but you'll remember it for Tomlin. She's the best.
It almost pains me to say this considering how much I miss 30 Rock (bring it back – please, I beg of thee, NBC!), but the new Tina Fey-Paul Rudd romantic comedy Admission does nothing for its famously funny leads who are reduced to stock characterizations that are neither particularly comedic or romantic.
The story goes like this: a bewildered Princeton admissions officer named Portia (Fey) hates kids but loves her British boyfriend. When the dean of admissions announces that he is retiring, Portia tries to land his job by agreeing to go and visit a high school called New Quest founded by John Pressman (Rudd).
John and Portia were classmates at Dartmouth – and lo, John thinks that he knows the whereabouts of the child Portia gave up for adoption those many years ago. The child has grown up to be a brilliant but offbeat teen named Jeremiah. He doesn’t care about meeting his birth mother. He wants to go to Princeton. Ah ha!
Love eludes Portia (the British douche walks out on her for a hotter, younger woman) which leaves her time to get to know the kid that is probably her son. It also leaves her time to get to know John, which is convenient since she’s newly single.
The film tries to do something different, and for that I can give it a slight hosanna. But it doesn’t ever try to encroach anything never the level of depth necessary for such a tale, and so the whole endeavor feels as vacant and vapid as a sketch on SNL. Sans a few laughs courtesy Fey’s killer comic timing and Rudd’s trademark droll delivery (as well as Lily Tomlin’s scene stealing performance as Portia’s mother), there is sadly little to recommend the movie. A missed opportunity for so much talent.