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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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Any doubts about whether the Fey character is motivated by a strong sense of moral duty or ethics is shattered later in the film: Without telling anyone about her blatant conflict of interest, she starts cheerleading for Jeremiah with the admissions committee, telling her colleagues to overlook his flaws because he’s simply a different kind of learner who would be an asset to Princeton. But if Jeremiah is uninterested in classrooms and tests, he wouldn’t be a good fit for Princeton in the first place. Portia is simply doing what all globally minded, caring, progressive citizens do when it comes to their kid getting into a prestigious school: trampling all ethical concerns in pursuit of the ultimate goal. It doesn’t seem to occur to her that if Jeremiah gets a place at Princeton, another, more-deserving kid whose mother isn’t pushing his application will not get that spot.

Admission, then, wants to be a cute comedy but it’s really pretty ugly. That’s a shame, because Fey is an appealing actress, and she showed on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock that she has a lot of imagination as a writer. It’s too bad she accepted the lead in this formulaic, witless exercise. The movie is so bad, even Sarah Palin is going to feel sorry for Tina.

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John Boot is the pen name of a conservative writer operating under deep cover in the liberal media.

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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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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.
1 year ago
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Tina Fey = not funny.
1 year ago
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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.
1 year ago
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"He became a nobody fast, and Tina Fey will go that way too". the sooner the better.
1 year ago
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The "they're better off dead" crowd speaks.
1 year ago
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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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