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"ADMISSION"
(2013) (Tina Fey, Paul Rudd) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes None
Gun/Weapons Mild
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) Minor
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Dramedy: A college admissions officer must contend with various changes in her life, including that one of her applicants might be the son she gave up for adoption at birth.
PLOT:
For the past 16 years, Portia Nathan (TINA FEY) has worked in the admissions office for Princeton University. Now that her boss, Clarence (WALLACE SHAWN), has announced he's retiring, Portia and rival Corinne (GLORIA REUBEN) find themselves competing for his job. The fact that Princeton has slipped to number two in a recent poll means the pressure is on them to find the best students. Among the candidates Portia is checking out is Jeremiah Balkan (NAT WOLFF), a self-proclaimed autodidact who wasn't getting much better than D grades until he entered New Quest, a remotely located school that teaches in unorthodox ways.

John Pressman (PAUL RUDD) is one of the teachers there and a champion for Jeremiah attending Princeton, not only because he thinks the kid is brilliant, but also because he's pretty sure the teen is Portia's biological son, given up at birth for adoption. The admission's officer, who's lived with boyfriend and current Princeton English professor Mark (MICHAEL SHEEN) for the past decade, thinks he's crazy. But when John -- the adoptive father of Nelson (TRAVARIS SPEARS) from Uganda -- shows her Jeremiah's birth certificate, the dates and location seem to match up. To make matters worse, the school isn't far from Portia's mom, Susanna (LILY TOMLIN), meaning she has to overnight it there and the two don't exactly get along.

Realizing she has an uphill battle but also feeling somewhat responsible for Jeremiah's future, Portia then does what she can to prepare the teen for his interviews, as well as convince the rest of the admissions office that he's the right fit for the school.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Those who are fans of Fey, Rudd and/or others in the cast may be interested, as might those who are going through or involved in the college application process and admissions.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For language and some sexual material.


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