I’ve got to admit, I’m a huge Tina Fey/30 Rock fan. When I heard about her upcoming rom-com Admission with Paul Rudd, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to continue her acting career post-30 Rock era. However, after watching Admission, it didn’t seem like it was the smooth transition for Fey that I was hoping for. In fact, Admission was an overlong, flat, clumsily scripted, and choppily edited film that subverts its witty potential and instead settles with occasional melodrama and weak humor. Tina Fey and Paul Rudd are likable and have strong chemistry, but they are both brought down by a script that was severely deprived of Fey’s clever humor.

However, the premise did seem to deem the prospective of being a somewhat satisfying rom-com: a Princeton admissions officer (Fey) taking the risk of accepting a college-bound alternative school kid, who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption. She also falls in love with the dean of her possible son’s school (Rudd). 

I appreciate the fact that Admission had its moments of pure genuineness and authenticity, whether funny or sad, but, as a whole, the film felt emotionally messy, uncomfortably awkward, and its ending was unsatisfying. Admission didn’t grasp the balance between romantic comedy and exaggerated drama as you might expect. Some of the fim’s material felt tacky at times and lowest-common denominator in other instances. The film also felt dull and drab and its condescending tone on colleges and college-bound students didn’t blend well with the film’s humor. Think of all the actual college-bound students in real life who will have to watch this! 

Whether you look at this as an uproarious Tina Fey film or not, Admission did not exceed my expectations, unfortunately. Hopefully, both Tina and Paul Rudd can bounce back from this, as they both continue to show wit and likability even in their undeveloped characters. Watch the trailer here.      

Grade: C
Recommended: Only if you’re a die-hard Tina Fey fan


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