Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Pressman. Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah, his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted — but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.
I went to see this movie a few days ago with my fellow Toronto Girly Book Club members and it was an advanced screening. If it was one thing that I was expecting, it was that I was going to laugh a lot because Tina Fey was in it. I loved the interaction that happened between Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) and John Pressman (Paul Rudd). The chemistry worked between those two 🙂 It was classified as both a comedy and a drama and there was definitely elements of both present throughout the movie.
It was interesting to see the ‘admissions’ process and their thought process of how they go about either denying or accepting the applicant to the school. I think that the story line was done very well, but there could have been a bit more. If there was more emphasis on both Portia and John and their relationship, it could have been more interesting. It just felt a bit rushed and some scenes seemed to be cut short just when they were getting good. I don’t know if that was the directors intention or not, but by doing that, it cut away from the experience.
After the movie was over I was left with a feeling of wanting more. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great and entertaining movie, but there is definitely room for improvement.
Here’s the trailer. Take a peek 🙂