Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 117 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. Some cursing; some kissing, three implied sex scenes (both between unmarried couples) where you see people in bed the morning after, and the discussion of a hidden college pregnancy; a party where underage drinking may be happening; the largely unseen, but implied gross birth of a baby calf; and one woman defending her daughter with a shotgun.
With the very funny Tina Fey and Paul Rudd as its stars, you would expect ‘Admission’ to have some legitimate laughs. But the film, in trying so hard to subvert romantic comedy tropes, actually falls into quite a few of them—and it doesn’t help that Fey and Rudd, although quite charming and affable, have very little chemistry with each other.
By Roxana Hadadi
This is an easy pun that every reviewer assigned this movie is going to make, but here goes, anyway: “Admission” fails to make a passing grade. “Admission” doesn’t make the cut! “Admission” has no chance of acceptance … into the cherished halls of impactful and affecting romantic comedies. The film tries to do too much with too little, relying on star Tina Fey’s quirkiness to mask the fact that this story is quite sparse indeed.