Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in Admission

– Judy Elkind

I have only good things to say about the new film Admission. It pulled off a great mix of humor and sentimentality, with a great cast, directing, and not a single dull moment. It seems hard to find a film in theaters these days that wouldn’t benefit from one more run through editing to fix that unnecessary scene or awkward, forced dialogue and I was pleasantly surprised to simply enjoy Admission all the way through. I’m not saying it’s the best film of the year, or without some slightly unlikely plot turns, but come the end of it, there had been many laughs, and an appropriate dose of emotional moments, and it was a time pleasantly spent. Really, this is what a good night at the movies is about.

It was great to see both Tina Fey (Portia Nathan) and Paul Rudd (John Pressman) on the big screen, and they proved to be a great duo in their first collaboration. Beyond the two stars of the film, the hard work and talent done throughout the crew is really evident. The casting and directing especially stood out, with every minor character played in just the right way by the perfectly suited actor. Small characters like Portia’s ex’s new wife, Helen, a stuck-up Virgina Wolf scholar played by Sonya Walger made the whole theater laugh with a single glance. Olek Krupa as mother-dating philosopher Polokov, Gloria Reuben and Portia’s shrewd workplace rival Corinne, were equally hilarious in their portrayals. Of course Wallace Shawn, though at first his presence sent me on a Princess Bride talent, was a great cast addition. Lily Tomlin was hilarious as Susannah, feminist author-single mother, and played great against Tina Fey. As a mother daughter pair it was more than a great fit. All of this great on-screen dynamic must also be credited to director Paul Weitz. Each line was done its justice, and each relationship played both honest and in good humor.

With all this said, I definitely recommend checking out the new film Admission in theaters March 22, 2013.


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