BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
This movie was one of those that when I saw the previews, I had absolutely zero clue what the movie was actually about. I knew it starred Tina Fey, there was something about college admissions and–of course, the selling point–Paul Rudd was in it too. It was really one of those “it’s half-price Tuesday, wanna go see a movie?” flicks that I ended up going to see on a rainy Tuesday evening with a friend who shares my obsession with Paul Rudd, circa Clueless.
Based on the 2010 novel of the same name, Admission tells the story of Portia (Tina Fey), a Princeton admissions officer who brings new meaning to the word “workaholic”. She receives an unexpected call from an old college classmate named John (Paul Rudd) who runs an alternative high school and has an interesting student he wants her to meet. Portia reluctantly agrees to go see this kid, even though she knows that Princeton is the hardest school to get into and he probably has no shot in hell, only to realize he might actually be the estranged son she gave up for adoption after high school. Faced with a moral dilemma (and quite possibly her past decisions) staring her straight in the face, Portia has to deal with a potential teenage-son, the possibility of losing her job and an adorable former classmate who she just can’t help but talk to.
I won’t say this was Rudd or Fey’s best movie to date. It was a little disjointed at certain points and was a lot more serious than I expected and really dabbled into issues of parenting, regret, poor choices and healthy relationships–or rather a lack thereof. With that being said, I think I may have fallen more and more in love with Paul Rudd than I ever could have imagined. Think of Josh from Clueless adopting a son and being the sweetest, most adorable do-gooder and father, all at the same time. Swoon, right?! Not what I was expecting from those two notoriously funny actors, but the movie was really cute and had some touching (almost)tear-worthy moments. All in all, a good rainy-day flick for a couple of drooling Paul Rudd fans.