ADMISSION Family Movie Review2 min read

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in this charming and clever romantic dramedy that should please both of their fans, even if it deals with some heavier issues than appear on the surface. Fey plays a Princeton admissions officer whose world is turned upside down when an applicant appears who may be her long-lost son, given up for adoption at birth. Also complicating matters are her growing feelings for the boy's teacher, a single father who excels at his job but is struggling with parenthood. Battling nepotistic feelings, she risks her career by doing everything she can to get the boy into the university. 

Fey is in fine form here comedically, but Rudd's character isn't as interesting, though he does well with what he's given to work with. Their romance is actually a subplot, with Fey's coming to terms with her past (and what that means for her future) getting the central focus. Lily Tomlin has fun as Fey's uber-feminist mother. The film runs too long for its own good, it can't quite seem to settle on a tone, and the flippant separation of sex from commitment is bothersome, though gratefully nothing graphic is shown onscreen. On the other hand, the movie gives us a touching portrait of a woman's awakening motherhood, portrays the importance of taking accountability for one's choices, and has plenty of laughs.  

CONTENT OVERVIEW: Admission is rated PG-13. It has one f-word and several moderate profanities. It is implied that a couple has been living together. Sex is implied twice, once with a man and woman kissing, then shown in bed together afterward (he's asleep, she's awake thinking) and another time the woman starts kissing the man while unbuttoning his shirt, then the scene jumps to them getting dressed again. A man is seen leaving a woman's house. He explains to an observer that he “slept on the couch,” then adds “So did she. We didn't make it to the bedroom.” There are frank discussions about out-of-wedlock pregnancy and the heartache caused. 

MESSAGES TO DISCUSS: Seek learning and wisdom by immersing yourself in good books (D&C 109:7; D&C 88:118). Sometimes good people break the law of chastity out of ignorance to God's commandments; He is merciful, in the eternal sense, to those who don't have His law (Mosiah 3:11-12; Luke 12:48), even if the unavoidable natural consequences are still heartbreaking. All secrets come to light sooner or later (Matthew 10:26).

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