High-school head (Rudd) suspects that one of his most gifted pupils (Wolff) is the son of his old college pal, Portia (Fey). She's now an Ivy League admission clerk with the power to twist the rules in the boy's favour - and the risks that come with it.
If calling it 'genial' is damning Paul Weitz’ latest film with faint praise, it fits. As proof that the sheer likability of the lead pair in a romantic comedy won’t always overcome the blandness around them, Admission should be taught in schools. The lightweight, charming meet-cute between Tina Fey’s Princeton admissions clerk and Paul Rudd’s affable high-school head teacher clashes awkwardly with a heavier subplot about one of his students possibly being the son she gave up for adoption years ago. The resulting tonal mash-up makes this feel like the cuddly stray cat you want to adopt but know will give you fleas.
Occasionally charming but mostly bland fare from Weitz, despite the reliable cast. About A Boy remains the best showcase of his talents.
Reviewed by James White