No one should be surprised to hear that the plot of “Admission”, which hits theaters March 22, is ho-hum, nothing we haven’t seen before. As Tina Fey wasn’t involved in the writing process, the screenplay, too, lacks the pop of some of her most beloved film roles (read: “Mean Girls”). Whatever its shortcomings may be, “Admission” has one, nay, two things going for it. Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.
People don’t just like Fey and Rudd, their fans love them, and that is for one simple reason. They are two of the most likeable talents working in the industry today. They both have excellent comedy chops, which means they can bring entertainment value to even the most average of roles, and further there aren’t many people who would say hanging out with either of them sounds like a drag.
Those amiable headliners are the key to the successes that “Admission” does have. The two of them enjoy solid chemistry and whether alone or together never fail to be engaging while on screen.
To be sure, fans of Fey and Rudd will not regret seeing “Admission”, but that doesn’t mean they won’t find themselves wishing that Fey had complete creative control over the project (that her character has some shades of Liz Lemon certainly makes the longing worse), or that Rudd was afforded more truly comedic moments to work with.