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?