Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in director Chris Weitz's comedy about an uptight Princeton admissions officer who encounters a teenage prodigy who may be her long lost son while recruiting students from an alternative high school. Years ago, Portia Nathan (Fey) quietly placed her newborn son up for adoption. These days, she's got a great career recruiting students for Princeton University. Then, one day, Portia receives an unexpected call from her free-spirited college classmate John Pressman (Rudd). John runs an alternative high school that's home to some very gifted student. One such student is Jeremiah (Nat Wolff). John believes that Jeremiah could be the son that Portia gave up for adoption back in her youth. Meanwhile, as Portia puts her career in jeopardy by altering Jeremiah's transcript, an unexpected romance begins to blossom.~Jason Buchanan
Admission will make you laugh and cry, more crying
While Tina Fey does a lot of comedy, this movie isn't quite the comedy you're expecting. It's got plenty of funny moments, but it's definitely more of a drama than not. Fey portrays Portia who is an admission officer at Princeton. She's been doing the same thing for years, living with the same guy for years, and trying to make some connection to her mother for years. Portia's world gets curve after curve- her boss is retiring- with the possibility of making her the new boss, her 'love life' is falling apart, and well her mother is still her wary to connect mother- and then John (Rudd) introduces her to a young graduate from an alternate school to be/Princeton hopeful that he believes to be her son. Portia struggles with that reality and with John's persistence that the student is made for Princeton, as well as developing feelings for John. ( I won't give anything else away from there) The movie may be slow at times but it's well worth it. The DVD itself isn't filled with much extra. There's a 12 minute 'behind-the-scenes' 'preview', called "Early Admission with Tina Fey & Paul Rudd' which has other cast and crew members in it as well. The only other bonus to the DVD is some previews for other DVDs/shows/movies. Set up includes English and Spanish spoken language, and English, Spanish, and French subtitles.
I have a tendency to collect all the DVDs that I can, so I need the DVD regardless of the features. However if you're someone who doesn't collect DVDs or needs a bunch of bonus features this DVD probably isn't for you. (Although I do recommend the movie regardless!)
Admission was a really solid movie that didn't know what it wanted to be. Instead of trusting the source material (i.e. the superior novel on which it was based), the movie tried to go the Rom-Com route and pretty much failed.
That said, if you have a child applying to college (or - better yet - who has recently applied and already been accepted somewhere), this is a perfect send-up of the admissions process: the good, the bad and the ugly. The Quest school kids are great, as is Lily Tomlin as Tina Fey's mom. Even the admissions selections scenes (with Wallace Shawn) are delightful.
If the film had hewed closer to the book and just really looked at the inherent drama of getting into a school like Princeton, it would have been a four-star film for sure. Definitely worth a watch on DVD.
Only one "making of" extra, which was very good but left me wanting to know more.
This review is from Admission [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray/DVD] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
For a quiet night with the wife
Make the bowl of popcorn, get out the wine or whatever is your pleasure, and then sit down to cuddle with your wife (or girlfriend) for this movie. Sure to get you chick flick credits!