Tina Fey is an uptight Princeton University admissions officer who’s life is thrown into a midlife crisis
You would think a Tina Fey-Paul Rudd movie would be a laugh a minute and a smartly funny one , at that. But no- this one’s bipolar. It can’t decide if it’s a rom-com or a drama. Directed by “About a Boy’s” Paul Weitz, the funniest moments are provided by the kids and Lily Tomlin, as Fey’s Erica Jong-like feminist mom.
Tina Fey is Portia Nathan, a childless married PrincetonUniversity admissions officer whose life is turned upside down when her college professor hubby (Michael Sheen) leaves her for another professor. Paul Rudd is the head of an alternative high school , one of the many stops on Portia’s annual recruiting road trip.
The film nails the phenom of overly-involved parents who think their children are God’s gift. But I have to say I didn’t laugh out loud. Not once. Smiles, yes. Chuckles, yes. But no guffaws.
The main problem with this film: Tina Fey didn’t write it. So she’s a mere shadow of what we’ve come to expect from her.
“Admission”: well maybe an admission as a dvd but as a movie theater ticket, this one gets a denial.