December 31, 2013
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I am a fan of Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.  The movie received at best mediocre reviews but I decided to watch the DVD anyway.

Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is an Admissions Counselor for Princeton.  She has to reject  90% of the amazing applicants because the competition is so fierce.  Nevertheless, she seems to enjoy her job.

John Pressman (Paul Rudd) calls Portia to inform her that he has a prodigy (Jeremiah-Nat Wolff) at his alternative high school (New Quest School).  He wants her to meet Jeremiah so Portia drives out to the school (which is nearby) to meet him.

John was apparently fond of Portia when they were both undergraduates at Dartmouth, and he would like to date her, but Portia is living with someone.  Portia doesn’t seem very interested in Jeremiah applying to Princeton but John is persistent, so Portia agrees to let Jeremiah apply, although she thinks the odds are negligible that he will get accepted.

I can’t say much more about the plot or I will ruin the film.  The movie was  mistakenly marketed as a romantic comedy. Although it has some funny moments, the film is primarily a drama about finding one’s identity. It gets off to a sluggish start, but on the whole, Rob and I though it was pretty good.

Rating 7.0 (solid rental)


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