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Admission Movie Review

Admission Trailer

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MPAA Rating

for language and some sexual material


Paul Weitz

Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff, Michael Sheen

Focus Features

Release Date/In Theaters

Admission Movie Review for Parents

-by Ginger

            Admission is the drama that centers on the life of a straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer, Portia.  She makes a visit to an alternative high school that is being overseen by a former college associate of hers.  John Pressman, the college associate, has determined that a student named Jeremiah is gifted, even though he is a little difficult to handle and is not exactly a model student.  Pressman thinks that Jeremiah may be the son Portia gave up for adoption many years earlier.  Portia is unexplainably drawn to Jeremiah and begins bending the rules for Jeremiah to try to get him into her college, so much so that she risks her professional life and her lifelong dreams.  This parental guide to the movies thinks that this movie can be considered both a drama and comedy that shows the foibles of humanity and in its best light.

            Admission presents a dramatic situation interlaced with many moments of comedy.  Two major plots run throughout the movie to complicate matters.  The first plot involves a son that the main a female lead character gave up for adoption many years in the past.  She finds him through her college associate just as he is about to enter into college at the campus where she works.  Jeremiah does not have the most stellar academic past.  He would not normally be a candidate for the program that she administers.  Yet, she feels a connection to him and begins breaking the rules in order to get him admitted into a program.  In doing so, she must explain herself to her boss and struggles to justify why the son she gave up long ago should be admitted to college.  She finds herself in many sticky situations and must dance around the issues cleverly to get out of them.  A subplot also exists in which she is in competition with an archrival for an executive position at the college.  She must balance her public image with her secret campaign to help her son.

            The second plot revolves around the lead character and her old acquaintance from college days.  It just so happens that this old college mate is the one who has adopted Jeremiah.  As the romance develops, Portia may have a way to have the love of her life and get your son back into our life as well.  The situations present a sense of comic relief for what could be an intense and emotional movie.  The directors took a lighthearted approach to the topic rather than a serious one.

            Whether this is a kids movie are not depends on your particular perspective.  There are a few sexual scenes, but not overt, between the two lead characters and their evolving romance.  This movie does not contain anything that shows complete nudity, only suggested nudity.  Some bad language is used by the teenage boy in a way that many parents have heard before.  It is a typical teenage boy being rude and obnoxious while trying to find his own way in the world.  This movie is a comedy, but is not suitable for those under age 10 due to the sexual references and bad language.  Of course, opinions on movie reviews and ratings differ as to what is appropriate for a certain age and this is a determination that only you can make for your family.  This parental guided movies thinks that Admissions would be a fun family movie for those that would not be offended by the suggestive content and a typical foul mouthed teenager with an attitude.

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