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We love Tina Fey. We love Paul Rudd. We love Lily Tomlin (Tap tap! All Of Me). We love (/are) nerds. We love campus comedies. We love Wallace Shawn.
Admission, directed by Paul Weitz and written by Karen Croner, has all of the above but we don’t love it. The story is all over the place. We feel nothing for the protagonist—if Tina Fey can’t make us like her, she’s dead in the water. The conflicts aren’t real conflicts (Wala naman talaga silang problema). The director resorts to hackneyed visual gimmicks and the movie ends with a cringe-making voice-over. Just when you think the movie is steering clear of the pat resolution, the pat resolution comes flying out of the screen and goes splat on your face.
Watch Admission for Paul Rudd. Why is he so adorable?
Or skip Admission altogether and see This Is 40. He’s not as adorable in it, but the movie is hysterical!