Let’s talk about Admission, folks! In case you haven’t heard of the movie already, let’s catch you up to speed, shall we? (You can also check out the trailer below!)
Tina Fey (Date Night, 30 Rock) and Paul Rudd (I Love You Man, Knocked Up) star in Admission, the new film directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz (About a Boy), about the surprising detours we encounter on the road to happiness. Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Fey) is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Pressman (Rudd). Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted — but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.
I got the really awesome opportunity to attend a press screening of Admission back in February, and despite getting lost on my way there (I’m not a native New Yorker, what can I say?) I made it just in time for the film to start. It was 10:00 AM so the Park Avenue Screening Room wasn’t very full (the perks of a pre-release screening, eh?) but the downside was that, as I was running late, the lights were already out when I walked in and I nearly died on the stairs making my way to the closest seat I could actually see. The good news for those anticipating the film? The darkness combined with my inability to see at all in the dark was the only down side. Well, except maybe the mention of placenta (ew) in the cow scene (no I won’t explain and spoil it for you.)
Above: John (Rudd) introduces Portia (Fey) to Jeremiah (Wolff)
Actually, within minutes of feeling my way to a seat, I was already hooked. I don’t want to give away too many details, but I’ll tell you what really intrigued me about the film. When most people think “Tina Fey” they think hilarious. And yes, Admission is just that – absolutely hilarious – from the reoccurring ex-boyfriend scenes to the moment when Fey’s character, Portia, sneaks into a house party and gets caught. But, the film had depth, which, to many people, doesn’t always go hand-in-hand with “hilarious.”
Above: Things get a little…catty…in the Princeton admissions office
Admission is proof that a movie can make you laugh, say “Oh my God,” get angry, and cry in under 2 hours. When you see Paul Rudd’s character, John, interact with his son, you’ll swoon. When you watch John and Portia argue from their shower stalls, you’ll laugh. When you watch the scene where they pick the admitted students, you’ll get mad. And when things get serious, you’ll tear up at least a little bit. It’s the kind of movie that gets you invested in it and when it’s over you will wobble your way out of the theater feeling like a vampire exposed to sunlight for the first time (seriously, walking out of a movie is the worst) and you will feel the contentment that comes with having watched a movie that tugged at all of your heartstrings and made you laugh until your stomach hurts all at the same time. And you’ll probably want to go watch it again (and no, I’m just just saying that!)
About the Giveaway!
You could win $80 in prizes from the movie, including: an Admission folder, notepad, pen, drawstring bag, sweatshirt, and toothbrush, a copy of Admission (movie tie-in book) and a copy of Bossypants by Tina Fey!
Here’s how to enter!
- Like CampusRiot on Facebook
- Follow @SurvivinCollege on Twitter
- Tweet about the giveaway (you can do this daily!)
- Follow CampusRiot on Pinterest
- Follow CampusRiot on Tumblr
- Join our weekly newsletter, “The College Mixer”
- Comment on this post (see instructions in the widget!)
Be sure to use the widget below to enter: