Excerpt: Paul Rudd sure hasn’t had luck at the box office lately. Our Idiot Brother , Wanderlust and now Admission have all failed to bring in big numbers. Rudd is certainly a likeable actor, but he’s best served as a supporting character. He is better at playing off of other characters than he is as a leading man. Tina Fey takes the female lead here. She plays Portia Nathan, an admissions officer widely known for rejecting more applicants than she accepts.
Conclusion: 'Admission' feels far too jumbled and tonally inept to be considered a comedy that's worth your time. There is the saving grace that Rudd and Fey are in it, and most of their scenes together work, sadly the movie as a whole falls pretty flat. Audio and video are solid, but the features package is a lean one indeed. If you're still interested in seeing it, a rental might be the best route to take. I can't see many people watching it multiple times.
Summary: Admission is a puzzling little romantic dramedy. Confused and unsure of its steps, with quirky indie aspirations and passive-aggressive tendencies, there are at least five different films vying for attention under its roof. One of those films is outstanding; smart, moving and memorable, with delicate performances and a sharp script. Four of the five, though, disparage and distract from the first, stamping out any spark that promises to sustain a flame.
Conclusion: Admission is intriguing for the change-up pitch you get when watching Tina Fey, and Paul Rudd is especially charming opposite her, but they do little to uplift a dreary and ultimately unfulfilling story. With an equally bland disc package to deliver to the viewer, the decent audio and video is hardly justification to purchase for even the hardest core a fan of either star. It is better as a rental on a summer evening. What Do You Think?