AdmissionReview by Lucía Santiago Dantés

An average but well written and directed flick. Admission is the adaptation from the book  by  Jean Hanff Korelitz. The book and the film has its differences, in fact many differences. But the essence is there. A woman,  Portia Nathan (Tina Fey)  works as an Admissions officer at Princeton, this means dealing with eager parents trying to get their kids into the prestigious University every year during admissions season. Suddenly she has to face the idea of motherhood when John Pressman (Paul Rudd) calls her from New Quest,  asking to consider a visit to this out of the ordinary school. Portia decides to visit the school, and pay a visit to her mother who happens to live around. In the school John introduces her to Jeremiah (Nat Wolff) a prodigious boy who John thinks is Portia’s son gave up for adoption years ago.  Portia’s life suddenly complicates her already troubled existence. She has to juggle several issues on her own: her boyfriend just abandoned her for another woman who’s already expecting twins. A co-worker who is competing with her to get promoted as the head of the Admission’s office, fix a complicated relationship with her mother,  and a possible romance with John. The question is, can she get everything?

The film if not optimistic, it’s realistic and interesting enough to keep you following the story. Although the only trouble that I see with the script is that it focuses in too many issues at the same time that kind of leaves some of them on the side. For example Portia’s relationship with her mother is kind of settled but not well defined. Same with that quasi romance with John that needs more chemical attraction. I liked how the character plays with the idea of motherhood after years of letting her son go. And how she is worried to make it up for all those years lost now that she has him in front of her. How do you deal with that?

The film was directed by Paul Weitz,  better known for “About a Boy“(2002). Also in this movie: Wallace ShawnLily Tomlin.

Here is the trailer.


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