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"Admission" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is an admission officer at Princeton. She travels the country meeting with the best and the brightest high school students, trying to get the best into her school. Her routine, boring life begins to fall apart when her companion of a decade leaves for his pregnant mistress. Soon after she discovers that a potential student introduced to her by a former college classmate (Paul Rudd) may actually be her son.

With her son trying to get into Princeton, but lacking the usual resume, will Portia bend the rules she has always followed to help him out?

Specifications

  • Universal
  • Color, 2013, Rated PG-13, 1 hour 47 minutes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • MPEG 4/ 1080p
  • 2.40:1 aspect ratio
  • Starring : Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, and Michael Sheen
  • Directed by: Paul Weitz
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Admission is a bit of a hit-or-miss proposition. Many times it can be very funny, but other attempts at humor just fall flat. It moves along nice and quickly, though the pace turns many of the side-plots into little one-note items that add little to the overall film. On the whole it is enjoyable, though a tad predictable. You likely know what you’re in for when you sit down to watch Admission, and if you’re OK with that, you’ll enjoy the film.

Technical

The transfer on Admission is good, but not amazingly sharp. I can’t say I felt that anything specific was lacking in the transfer, but there was a lack of a wow factor in it. It doesn’t detract from the film at all, but you won’t be wowed by it.

Aside from a couple key scenes, I can’t recall much use of the surrounds at all during Admission. It is heavily dialogue driven, and that came across very clearly. For the film the soundtrack works fine, but additional use of the surrounds would have benefitted it.

Extras

There is a single featurette, along with DVD, Ultraviolet and an additional digital copy of the film.