Thursday, September 12, 2013

MOVIE WEEKEND: ADMISSION

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Today I present Admission for your viewing consideration (2013, PG-13, Available On DVD).


Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is an admissions officer at prestigious Princeton University. She receives a call from a college classmate, John Pressman (Paul Rudd), who is in charge of a very unusual alternative school. John believes that his brilliant student, Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), is the son Portia gave up for adoption years ago. Follow-the-rules Portia becomes a renegade in her quest to get Jeremiah into Princeton, which he wants to attend.

I liked this movie a little more than I thought I would. It's supposed to be a romantic comedy, and, yes, it has some romance; but it's really not much of a comedy. I don't think I laughed once, but that doesn't mean it's a horrible movie. It's just more of a dramady with some mild, kind of offbeat humor.

I enjoyed seeing Lily Tomlin as Portia's mother. I can't remember the last time I saw her in a movie. It made me realize that I've missed Lily Tomlin.

I REALLY enjoyed the pompous ass English professor with whom Portia is involved at the beginning of the movie, but not because I liked him. He reads some Chaucer in Middle English and doesn't pronounce all the words correctly! Ha! Ha! I can read Middle English better than he does.

I like Tina Fey, and I really like Paul Rudd, but let's face it: This movie isn't much of a showcase for their talents. One good point is that the end is not completely predictable – at least it wasn't to me.

Admission hereby earns The Janie Junebug Seal of Ambiguity (second week in a row for this seal).

If you like the stars and you don't have anything better to do, you might enjoy Admission. It's not all that bad. It's just not particularly good.

Happy Viewing!


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

26 comments:

  1. I loveee Tina Fey so I'll definitely have to watch this one, especially as it has the seal!

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    1. Darling, it's the Seal of Ambiguity. Not a ringing endorsement.

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  2. I'm not a huge Tina Fey fan. I might just have to pass on this one.

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    1. I don't blame you. I really didn't get into 30 Rock, but I loved it when Tina was Sarah Palin on SNL.

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  3. That sounds like a really good movie! Thank you for the review!

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  4. Aww this looks like I would enjoy it :)

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  5. This sounds like a good rainy day movie.

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    1. Yeah. Rainy day and something good to eat while you watch.

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  6. I agree with you, Tina was great as Palin. I loved Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock.

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  7. I keep passing this one up. I keep thinking, hey I like them...nah I don't want to watch it.

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    1. The world is filled with great movies to watch. Why bother with this one? I watch movies so I can tell the world about them. I place myself on the sacrificial altar of possible bad moviehood.

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  8. I feel the same way! It was...ehhh? Fine?

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  9. Tina Fey and a hoot. I'll be watching for this one.

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    1. I like Tina Fey. Lily Tomlin plays her mom.

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  10. Just to see Lilly Tomlin again is reason enough to make me want to watch it.

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    1. I can't remember the last time I saw her.

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  11. I would watch this just to see Lily Tomlin again. She was a favorite on Laugh In in the 1960s and in 9 to 5 was great.

    Chaucer is a favorite of mine. Are you an English major, too.

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  12. Once again you Americans show English people as pompous. How would you like it if the rest of us thought all Americans were mullet-headed, redneck trailer trash scumbags?

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    1. Relax. That character is barely in the movie. Besides, it's true that all Americans are mullet-headed redneck trailer trash scumbags. Go ahead and portray us that way. It's time to tell the truth.

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  13. You keep coming up with all these movies I haven't seen. I need to get with the dang program.

    -andi

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    1. But they're not all worth watching. And you're kinda busy building a house.

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