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  • 3.0

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Nobody doesn't like Tina Fey, and anyone aware of her starring role in Admission will be wishing her well. But wishing won't make this dramedy any less dreary than it is.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Deftly playing Tina Fey's feminist-icon mother, Lily Tomlin all but steals Admission, a knowing but uneven comedy about the neuroticism of the college-admission process on both sides of the equation.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Largely because of its engaging cast, Admission is an amiable, but only slightly-above-average, comic romp.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Admission, a likably breezy campus movie directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy), is blissfully non-insulting.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Teen-friendly comedy has laughs but is uneven.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Admission, though overall a humorous peek behind the curtain of college admissions, does tread in somewhat serious waters, dealing with a woman's (Tina Fey) past catching up with her (in the form of a son she gave up for adoption) even as she's abandoned by a longtime lover. It's all played for laughs, of course -- as is the seriously stressful business of trying to get into college -- but tweens and teens who aren't involved in the admissions cycle might not appreciate the jokes quite as much. Expect some swearing (mostly "s--t" and "damn"), frank references to sex and drinking (primarily in college, where a teenager is shown attending a party with students who are partaking, though he doesn't drink himself), and sometimes-scathing discussions about high school seniors and their college applications.

  • Families can talk about what Admission is saying about the college application process. Is it random? Deliberate? Should the results be taken personally? How realistic do you think the version on display here really is?
  • How does the movie portray college life? Are there any scenes that show the real-life consequences of partying?
  • Parents, talk to your kids about the lead-up to the college application process. Is it stressful? Should it be? What's the best way to prepare for it?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Life may seem like a mess, and maybe it is, but sometimes it has to be for you to figure out what you truly want. Also, surprises don't have to destabilize us forever; often, they help us find balance and get on better footing.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Portia cares a lot for her high school applicants, even when her job requires her to be impassive. Despite her rigid ways, she's open to new information, even if it's not so flattering or is hard to deal with, and she wants to learn from her past mistakes. That said, she's very competitive with a fellow female admissions counselor, which could be seen as reinforcing stereotypes of rivalries between women.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A woman fires a shotgun at a man she thinks may be harassing her daughter. (He's not.) A woman screams at a male character.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Adult characters kiss (the first time, accidentally) and take a shower in separate but adjacent stalls. (All viewers see are their shoulders.) Sexual encounters are implied (a couple is shown kissing/groping/starting to remove clothes before and then buttoning back up after, but not during). Some frank sexual references and humor related to a woman's prosthetic breasts (her character previously had a double mastectomy).

  • language false3

    Language: One "f--k," plus occasional use of "s--t," "screw," "prick," "damn," "twat," "a--hole," "hell," "ass," "crap," "goddamn," "oh my God," etc.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Lots of Princeton name-dropping and crest-flashing (and many scenes feature clothing and paraphernalia in Princeton orange). Also plenty of mentions of other schools, including Harvard, and private high schools like Hotchkiss, Deerfield, and Andover. Plus Lipton, VW, and U.S. News & World Report.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some scenes feature college students (and the occasional high school student) drinking at parties.