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Three years after
, between writing and starring in
Saturday Night Live
, comedian Tina Fey finds time to venture back onto the big screen. This time, though, it hardly seems worth the bother. She plays Portia, an admissions officer at an Ivy League university who gets all in a twist with her ethics and emotions when she discovers that one of the high-school students she must vet for entry could be the son she secretly gave up for adoption. Her performance is fine and there's quality support from Paul Rudd as the headmaster with a special interest in the case - and in Portia. Lily Tomlin and Michael Sheen also help anchor the story, but it eventually slips between the cracks of comedy and drama by trying to do too much. There are chuckles and moving moments, just not enough of them. For writer/director Paul Weitz (the man behind
About a Boy
) it's a case of must do better.
A by-the-book university admissions officer visits an unconventional school run by a former college friend to interview a gifted student. She begins to suspect the pupil may be the son she gave up for adoption, and the experience makes her rethink her uncompromising outlook on life. Comedy drama, with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.
Cast & Crew
Brian d'Arcy James
Swearing, sexual references.
DVD and Blu-ray
14 Jun 2013
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