Admissions : Movie Review

Have you always wanted to know what it takes to get into Princeton or any school? Well Tina Fay’s new movie Admissions does – well not that. Although, I have always wondered how admissions work, and I can now imagine a random Tina Fay reading my personal essay and highlighting my attributes to a table of well professional judgers – judging books by their covers.

Anyways – back to the movie. Tina Fay as you see from my above mini-rant plays an admissions officer at Princeton who in order to help with a possible promotion decides to take a trip to a ‘developmental’ school in the middle of no where – literally her GPS says “recalculating, recalculating, make a u-turn now… no service..”  She meets the Dean of the school, played by Paul Rudd, for probably the most interesting speech she gave. To be honest, I felt that the passion she had for the success of students – how you need degrees to save the world – was great. Except she didn’t actually use that philosophy when accepting or declining (more the latter) students. It is basically a uptight girl meets a crazy live off the land spontaneous boy and together they even each other out story. The odd twist – the boy Rudd’s character wants to get in to Princeton happens to be her son. Well – so he thinks.

The acting was fine, the story was stale, and the ending was nothing thrilling or shocking. It was a decent movie, and had a bit of a different perspective on the same story we’ve read, seen, and heard many times before. I felt that the quality of comedy that Tina Fay and Paul Rudd usually brings to movies was a let down overall.


Entertainment Factor: 5.5/10

Acting Quality: 7.5/10

Plot: 5/10

Overall: 6/10

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