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What to know: 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.
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Recommended age 12-18
107 minutes
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"Admission", starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, is about a middle aged woman named Portia who works as an Admissions Officer at Princeton. When her longtime boyfriend leaves her and she finds her secret past resurfacing, she turns to her new friend, John Pressman, the principal of an alternative school. John introduces her to a senior, Jeremiah, who desperately wants to get into Princeton and seeks advice from Portia. But when Portia is led to believe that Jeremiah is her son that she gave up for adoption, she will do anything to secure him a place at Princeton. Portia risks everything for this young man, but will it pay off?

I find this movie entertaining, but is quite different than what I expected it to be. In all honesty it's more of a witty chick-flick than a comedy. I think the storyline was pretty funny and touching which works for this movie. It really shows off how clever of an actress Tina Fey is, which is why she is my favorite in this film.

I like Portia (Tina Fey) because she has so many ups and downs with her emotions and it's hilarious to watch her go from crying to being hilarious all in a scene. She deals with situations very calmly, but you can tell that behind her deserved mask, she is freaking out. Portia has some tension with her co-worker Corrine who is running for the same promotion as her. I love the way Portia shows her disdain for Corrine, and how she tries to cover up her dislike for her around the boss. She is definitely the highlight of comedy in this film.

My favorite scene is when Portia checks in on Jeremiah when he stays the night on campus. She tries to sneak into a party he is at and awkwardly asks him if he needs anything, like a toothbrush! You can tell he is really weirded out by her questions, but he goes with her anyway to get a toothbrush. Their interaction at the store was so hilarious because Portia is trying to act motherly and Jeremiah has no clue what's going on. It's a very awkward, yet funny scene. I really enjoy this whole movie and each scene is very well composed and I don't feel like a single scene was out of place or necessary for the plot.

Overall I recommend this film for ages 12 and up because there isn't any violence or excess cursing, but there are a few mild sexual situations. I give "Admission" 4 out of 5 stars, so go enroll at a theater near you! Raven Devanney, age 15, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

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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. Starring Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff. Directed by Paul Weitz.
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