Paul Rudd has been typecast in the same roles for the majority of his career. When Tina Fey is not on television, she is acting in cheesy romantic comedies. With this in mind, I figured that this movie would be very average, but I thought that I would give it a chance anyway.
The film is about an admissions officer at Princeton (Tina Fey) who is not very fond of children. After finding out that an applicant just might be her son that she gave up for adoption a number of years before, she puts her job in jeopardy trying to help him get accepted.
I would hardly classify Admission as a comedy. It is not even really a dramedy. It is a romantic drama, but mainly just a drama.
It seems like more and more movies these days have been released classified as comedy/romance/drama. It is deceiving because often times these movies are just not very funny or any good at all, i.e. The Guilt Trip (2012) and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012).
These types of movies take actors that are mainly known for their comedy and they try to stretch the parameters of their acting ability by making them do comedy, drama, and romance. The end result is usually a light hearted, dysfunctional concoction of cheesy and cheap humor, a formulaic story, and characters that seem out of place because they are out of their element and in over their heads. Admission is exactly this kind of movie.
I chuckled a few times, I was bored a little bit, and when the movie was over I knew that I would never have to see it again.
Rudd and Fey keep making the same movies and therefore will continue to make the same movies.
Tomlin was charming. Given that she has mainly been acting in television lately, it was nice to see her in a movie again.
This is not even a good “chick flick.” Don’t waste your time on this below average movie.
I rate this movie a 4 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Run.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. is one of the better “dramadies” that I have seen in a while.
Sweet-talking ladies man Jacob (Ryan Gosling) takes newly, almost single Cal (Steve Carell) under his wing and tries to help him get back out into the dating scene. This sets off a dysfunctional chain reaction in both of their lives and hilarity ensues along with craziness, stupidity, and love.
The film has just the right blend of laughs and drama. It may go a little overboard in one direction or the other at times, but that just helps to capitalize on the subject matter and keep the film exciting.
Carell does better when more comedy is involved and Gosling is more of a serious actor. Both actors’ styles complemented each other very well and I think that working together enabled them each to go a little bit out of their comfort zones as to what is usually the norm for them. Gosling pulled off being funny and Carell managed to get serious. Carell has proved that serious doesn’t usually work for him (i.e. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)), but it did in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Gosling didn’t become a comedian by any means. He has always managed to be pretty witty and clever, but he added funny to the mix.
The movie also has strong female characters played by Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, and Marisa Tomei. Each woman was able to bring a level of wholesomeness to their roles with a touch of quirkiness. This complemented the film quite well and helped to make it a bit unpredictable.
Josh Groban proved that he should stick to singing and leave the acting to the actors.
If you are looking for a good date movie (whether you are married or not), look no further than Crazy, Stupid, Love. It is humorous and touching at the same time. It is not a “chick flick.” It is a film that both men and women will enjoy.
I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Buy.
If you liked Crazy, Stupid, Love., then you will probably enjoy:
Review of: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
It is actually kind of a shame that this is the first review that I am going to post on my blog because the movie was really, quite utterly, less than mediocre. I am not going to bother with a spoiler alert, because I would not want you to waste your time watching this movie in the first place. Read the review. It will save you money and time, that is, if you were thinking about watching this movie in the first place.
The 40-year-old Virgin (2005) meets Armageddon (1998) except there is no comedy and no action. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is about a man (Steve Carell) who works as an insurance salesman in order to be prepared for the worst. He and his wife find out that the worst is actually on its way in the form of a 70-mile-wide asteroid on a collision course with the earth. The asteroid is set to end their world as they know it in 3 weeks time.
His wife immediately leaves him upon hearing the news. He is left with a job that no longer has any meaning. He has no family because his Mother has passed away and his Father ran out on them when he was a kid and he has no siblings. He detaches himself from his self-destructive friends.
Rules do not really seem to apply to anyone anymore because of the world’s impending doom. Everything around him turns to anarchy. His apartment building is set on fire and he is forced to leave.
Along the way, the man joins together with a much younger woman (Keira Knightley) neighbor whom he has never met before even though the two live in the same building.
They venture out into the now insane world, in order to find the man’s high school sweetheart. They fall in love along the way. She gets in touch with her family and he reconciles with his father.
He puts her in his Father’s plane in the middle of the night while she is sleeping and has his Father fly her home to her family.
He goes back to their apartment building and listens to her records in her apartment while waiting for the world to end. After a little while she returns to find him there and the two lie in bed and talk as the world ends.
I am a big Steve Carell’s comedy and even though this movie is not a comedy, I expected it to have a few laughs. I did not laugh once during the entire movie. Many scenes were on the verge of being funny, but they didn’t quite make it there.
The chemistry between Steve Carell and Keira Knightley’s characters did not really exist until almost the end of the movie. Knightley played her part well, but the story and writing left her with very little to work with.
The movie was very slow to the point of boredom. It started to pickup a little bit towards the end of the movie, but then it ended.
I think that Steve Carell should stick to comedies because that is definitely what he is good at. He was cast way against type in this role and it did not suit him.
I give this movie a solid 2 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Run.
I’m glad that I watched this on DVD because I would have been thoroughly disappointed if I had seen it in the Theatre.