Movies with female leads need to stop being sold as romantic comedies! The trailer for "Admission" promises a love story between comedy powerhouses Paul Rudd and Tina Fey. Instead, the movie goes to oddly dark places, and the two actors fail to lighten the brevity and tension with humor. The film also tries to tackle emotional struggles, relationship hazards and commentary on the college admissions process. Ultimately, it’s unsuccessful.
Portia Nathan (Fey) is a persnickety, order-driven Princeton admissions officer. She meets John Pressman (Rudd), a restless teacher at a non-traditional high school. He is hell-bent getting Jeremiah (Nat Wolff) into Princeton and drags Portia into a tailspin that changes her life forever.
Fey and Rudd seem wasted on a film that is meant to be an emotionally-complex character study on growing up than a comedy about college admissions. Director Paul Weitz is known for his dark comedy style with previous films like "About a Boy" and "American Dreamz." However, both Fey and Rudd aren’t able to lighten the sometimes morose moments or be "the straight man" long enough to allow the awkward humor to progress. The saving grace is Lily Tomlin as Portia’s feminist, trash-talking mother.
The Blu-ray of the film only includes a short featurette about the making of the film. It shows that the film had good intentions. However, the film manages to lack the sincerity to be dark or dramatic or the humor to be funny.
"Admission" had lofty goals of being a drama with a comedic bent. Instead the movie falls flat and is oddly maudlin and illogical.