Tina Fey stars in "ADMISSION" Photo Credit: Focus Features
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Passed, Just Barely
Whether it is about being accepted into college, high school, middle school or preschool, countless people have a story to tell when it comes to anxiously awaiting admission into their dream school. Often times, what we don’t consider, however, are those on the other side of the process.
For the first time, Tina Fey (“30 Rock” 2006-2013) and Paul Rudd (“This is 40” 2012) team up on the big screen in “Admission.” This dramedy directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz (“Being Flynn” 2012; “About a Boy” 2002) follows one of Princeton University’s admissions officers, Portia Nathan (Fey), who seems to have her methodical ivy league life all figured out until she abruptly finds herself being tested in ways she never imagined.
Portia has carried out a routine life for several years, both at work and outside of work in the home she shares with Princeton professor Mark (Michael Sheen, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” 2012). One day, Portia’s boss Clarence (Wallace Shawn “The Late Quartet” 2012), the Dean of Admissions, announces his imminent retirement. Portia and her office competition Corinne (Gloria Reuben “Lincoln” 2012) are the two likeliest candidates to be awarded the position. During her annual recruiting trip, Portia visits an alternative high school in the middle of nowhere called New Quest where she reconnects with former classmate and now teacher John Pressman (Rudd). John presses hard about one of his students Jeremiah (Nat Wolff, “Stuck in Love” 2012). Jeremiah is a prodigy and might be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption while in college. John is certain Jeremiah is perfect for Princeton and won’t stop until he has pulled every string he can to get his name in front of the admissions board.