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Admission: Up for an Amoral Comedy Set in a World without Abortion?

What a shame that the appealing, talented Tina Fey missed the mark with this ugly film.

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John Boot

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March 22, 2013 - 1:28 pm
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Admission is a terrible movie from director Paul Weitz, who these days only makes terrible movies (Little Fockers, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant and American Dreamz are three of the worst movies of the last decade). Its plot is contrived and sitcom-y, its characters stale, its banter weak. But if you can make it all the way through (that’s a big if), you’ll discover that in addition to its other woes it’s ethically disturbing.

Tina Fey plays a Princeton admissions officer who, along with a handful of colleagues and her boss (Wallace Shawn), is responsible for giving a thumbs up or a thin envelope to tens of thousands of hopefuls, 90 percent of who won’t make it. To the extent there’s anything interesting about the film, which is based on a novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz and written by Karen Croner, it’s the convincing insider stuff about how admissions officers do their work. According to this film, the “first reader” goes through the pile of applications, flags some for special consideration, then meets with the other officers in a conference room at which everyone argues over the relative merits of each candidate. (The movie completely ignores, of course, the most salient feature of college admissions offices, which is that they dramatically lower standards for designated victim groups, even if the students stamped as underprivileged actually grew up in a penthouse on Park Avenue.)

Portia (Fey) gets a call from an old Dartmouth classmate (Paul Rudd) who is now running one of those hands-on crunchy-granola “indie” schools that seem primarily interested in nurturing the students to deliver left-wing anti-capitalist rants on cue. John (Rudd) makes a plea for Princeton to give special consideration to a student called Jeremiah who doesn’t score well on tests but has constructed an amazing intellect on his own terms. Oh, and Jeremiah’s back story comes with an intriguing detail: Remember that time in college when you gave a kid up for adoption, John asks Portia? Well, Jeremiah is that boy. John knows this because his roommate supplied the car that took Portia to the hospital to deliver her child.

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Lily Tomlin actually was funny before she thought that meant she was like Gandhi or something and thought any expression of her beyond scrunching up her face was important.
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Wow. Call me crazy, but I don't find that unbearably smug witch to be at all humorous.
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Tina Fey is of no interest to me because of her derision of Sarah Palin. If she's on TV, I change the channel. She lost me as an audience member, and I'm sure she's lost many others. Has anyone seen Jack Black lately? Since he dressed up as Jesus and did a propaganda piece for same-sex marriage? He became a nobody fast, and Tina Fey will go that way too.
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Oh, c'mon, I liked, "one-ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingy". At least in retrospect.

Is this the party to whom I am Shpeaking?
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Boot, you miss the fact that Tina Fey chose to do this movie. Career-wise, she did not need it. She makes a ton of money and she is well-known. Musta been something in it she really liked. Leftwing nutjob.
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The admissions policies have been messed up for a while. In 1991 when we were waiting for college acceptance letters, a friend of mine was really upset. He'd been rejected by his first choice college, not Ivy League but one of the best in the country. This was a guy a 4.1 GPA, extracurricular activities, no disciplinary problems, etc. However, at least one football player was accepted, someone with a C average at best, did nothing but play football and cause trouble. It was surprising really how many of the top students lost out at the big colleges but lesser students got it.
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I've not seen the film ( and probably won't ) as I am not a Tina Fey fan. But why not produce movies that celebrate the benefits of a traditional life instead of attacking the other side's positions? Just a thought.
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Tina Fey = not funny.
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Lily Tomlin actually was funny before she thought that meant she was like Gandhi or something and thought any expression of her beyond scrunching up her face was important.
1 year ago
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Wow. Call me crazy, but I don't find that unbearably smug witch to be at all humorous.
1 year ago
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Tina Fey is of no interest to me because of her derision of Sarah Palin. If she's on TV, I change the channel. She lost me as an audience member, and I'm sure she's lost many others. Has anyone seen Jack Black lately? Since he dressed up as Jesus and did a propaganda piece for same-sex marriage? He became a nobody fast, and Tina Fey will go that way too.
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"He became a nobody fast, and Tina Fey will go that way too". the sooner the better.
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The "they're better off dead" crowd speaks.
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"Better Off Dead" was a hilarious movie!
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Is this like the Handmaid's Tale redux?
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