Portia is an Admissions Officer at Princeton University (Fey). She’s organised, neat and methodical and her life is simple and controlled. But is she as happy as she could be?
When Portia visits an alternative school to talk about entry to Princeton, she meets Jeremiah and his teacher, John (Rudd). She tries to help young Jeremiah get a place at Princeton, chiefly because she believes him to be the child she gave up for adoption many years ago.
Both Jeremiah and John challenge Portia’s simple and controlled life. They ignite her passion, her suppressed wild side, the side she tries to subdue because it reminds her too much of her own mother (played by Tomlin). In the end, her life may have had the shake up it needed, but she might be left with nothing and no-one.
I quite like this film. I’m extremely partial to both Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, so the film would have to be really awful for me not to like it. It doesn’t try too hard to be funny, letting Fey and Rudd bring out the humour through their acting rather than through jokes.
Admission isn’t a hum-dinger of a rom com, but if you’re a Fey fan, then it’s worth seeing, and will be enjoyable.