Tine Fey is funny. Paul Rudd is also an amusing guy. So if you slap the two of them together into one film about love, biological clocks and getting ahead in life, it should be double funny, right?
In the movie, Fey is portraying Portia Nathan, an admissions officer at Princeton University. Evaluating thousands of hopeful college students, the exceedingly bright and driven woman lives her life by the book, both at work and in her relationship with a faculty colleague, Mark (Sheen).
Visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school submitting applicants, Portia is caught off guard when its co-founder John Halsey (Rudd) turns out to have attended college with her. She is then floored when reminded of the life-altering decision that she made while still a student herself; she had a son, who she gave up for adoption, and who she now realizes may be one of John’s students, the precocious misfit Jeremiah.
As Portia’s emotions surge forth, she finds her life turning upside down in embarrassing ways and begins to bend the admissions rules – in the hopes of getting Jeremiah on the best path while perhaps righting her own as well.
Nope! Instead, what we get is something that feels tired, predictable and runs out of jokes 30 seconds into the actual trailer itself. Honestly, I think it’s billing itself as the wrong kind of film here, as it tries to be a romantic comedy with charm.
And it just doesn’t work, feeling disjointed and too sugary. Admission is out next year March, and alongside Rudd and Fey, also stars Michael Sheen, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn and Lily Tomlin, with Paul “About a boy” Weitz directing.