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'Admission' movie review: Is this one to accept or deny?

March 22, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
In the comedy "Admission," Tina Fey finds herself in an unusual situation. The Princeton admissions counselor is attracted to a teacher, played by Paul Rudd, who thinks he has the perfect student for her. Oh, and the kid may be the son she gave up for adoption.

While the film has its share of silly moments, it's actually a smart comedy. It's not always out just to get a laugh. It has its more timid moments as well.

Fey and Rudd are a good comic combo here. Nat Wolff is a real find as the teenager in their life, and Lily Tomlin is a hoot as Fey's free-spirited feminist mom.

Paul Weitz, who directed "About a Boy" and "American Pie," is behind this one. He gives us comedy with emotion.

"Admission" feels a little on the long side, but at least the extra time is with characters you like. The film has more smiles than laughs, and I think it works just fine like that. I found it to be enjoyable entertainment.

"Admission," rated PG-13, also features Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn and Gloria Reuben.


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