Extra Cinema: Admission (12A)

Undated Film Still Handout from Admission. Pictured:Tina Fey, Paul Rudd. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Universal Pictures UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from Admission. Pictured:Tina Fey, Paul Rudd. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Universal Pictures UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Starring: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd

Director: Paul Wetz

IN AUGUST, thousands of teenagers across the UK will be biting nails down to the cuticle, nervously awaiting A-level results.

The admission office is the beating heart of each seat of learning, and this is background to this lightweight romantic comedy about one of America’s most prestigious universities.

Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is a dedicated member of staff in the admissions office at Princeton University. Colleagues Ben (Michael Genadry) and Brandt (Christopher Evan Welch) seek her advice on their applicants.

Portia throws herself into work while dealing with the emotional fallout from losing her stuffy professor boyfriend, Mark (Michael Sheen), to a blonde member of faculty.

With her head in a whirl, Portia embarks on her annual tour of high schools in her district and visits a bohemian place of learning run by former college classmate John Pressman (Paul Rudd) who believes that his most gifted and quixotic student, Jeremiah Balakian (Nat Wolff), deserves a place at Princeton.

Considering the calibre of on-screen talent, Admission should be a hoot. Unfortunately, Karen Croner’s script, based on the novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, simply doesn’t make the grade.

Gifted comic actors Fey and Rudd are a dream pairing in Paul Weitz’s film and they share fizzing chemistry, but the trajectory of their characters’ relationship is predictable.

A poor show all round.

Rating: 3/10