2013 Certificate: 12


30 Rock comedy queen Tina Fey and the ever-affable Paul Rudd head up this likeable romantic drama from About A Boy director Paul Weitz. Fey is Portia Nathan, a Princeton admissions officer whose routine life gets spun upside down when she meets Rudd's John Pressman, a former college classmate now running an offbeat school. Fizzy chemistry from the leads gets quality support from an engaging cast including Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn and Lily Tomlin.


  • Paul Weitz


  • Tina Fey

  • Paul Rudd

  • Nat Wolff

  • Dan Levy

  • Wallace Shawn


Despite the presence of comedy queen Tina Fey and Judd Apatow muse Paul Rudd, Admission is less romcom than (to use an ugly word) romdram, with cosy humour provided by Michael Sheen as Fey's rubber-spined cheat of a boyfriend and Lily Tomlin as her self-obsessed feminist icon mum.

A soft-centred midlife crisis movie, the bulk of the plot is dedicated to Portia's quest to discover if Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), a brilliant student at John's school, is the son she gave up for adoption years earlier, and her attempts to beat the notoriously tough admissions policy and get the kid into the Ivy League university.

A perfectly serviceable, star-led romance, Admission is also proof that some actors are just fun to watch in anything (which here extends to the supporting cast as well as the leads).