Paul Weitz (2013)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Three years after Date Night, between writing and starring in 30 Rock and 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

Portia Nathan Tina Fey
John Pressman Paul Rudd
Mark Michael Sheen
Clarence Wallace Shawn
Jeremiah Nat Wolff
Corinne Gloria Reuben
Nelson Travaris Spears
Susannah Lily Tomlin
Helen Sonya Walger
Christopher Flynn Brian d'Arcy James
Director Paul Weitz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Jun 2013
Drama Comedy