Sunday, March 24, 2013
ADMISSIONS WAS ADMITTEDLY BETTER THAN I ANTICIPATED! by Pamela Powell
Out of the four movies opening this weekend, I chose to see "Admission" as I couldn't bring myself to see another stressful, end of the world, blow things up kind of movie (Recently viewed "The Call" or currently opening "Olympus Has Fallen"). My other choices were total trashy looking films ("Spring Breakers") or a kids' cartoon ("The Croods"). However, I really didn't have my hopes up as I was afraid, and history usually repeats itself, that they had given away any and all of the funny parts in the trailers. Luckily, I chose the right movie and I was wrong about the trailers! See? I can admit when I am wrong! (This comment is directed to my family!)
"Admission" starred Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, and Lily Tomlin. The story focused on Tina Fey's character Portia, an admissions counselor at Princeton who was being considered for the top-dog position at the prestigious school. Her priorities and focus on her job shifted considerably after having met John Pressman (Rudd) who was the principal at a nearby alternative high school. Apparently, he had found Portia's son whom she gave up for adoption years ago and was currently attending this alternative high school. This student wanted nothing more than to go to Princeton. We watched as Portia tried to deal with this information in a humorous, yet touching way.
"Admission" was somewhat predictable in parts, but not completely. Everything didn't follow the predictable path of happiness, yet it was still a fun, humorous, and upbeat film. I was definitely entertained by the creative balance of humor and real life situations as well as the far-fetched concepts. Although the chemistry between Fey and Rudd wasn't there to me, I easily looked past that as the story was engaging! "Admission" is worth seeing in the theater, but if you don't catch it there, be sure to do so when it comes out on DVD.