‘Admission’ – Hypable Movie Review

1:00 pm EDT, March 22, 2013

Admission portrays a workaholic Princeton Admissions counselor who admits many people into the university, but not into her personal life. It’s a rainy day chick flick that almost succeeds, but the writing is dry with predictable twists.

Portia (Tina Fey) has been an admissions counselor at Princeton University for 16 years, since her college graduation from Dartmouth. Portraying a woman who has more career potential than an admissions counselor, her work life is always busy and full of traveling, her long-term relationship and living with an English professor for the past ten years is stagnant, and her life seems rather boring on the outside. The Dean of Admissions, Clarence (Wallace Shawn), announces that Princeton has fallen to #2 on the “best colleges” ranking, also that he is going to retire. Clarence tells Portia and another hardworking counselor, Corinne (Gloria Reuben), that he’s only considering one of the two of them to fill his vacancy, therefore Portia works even harder to recruit better, brighter students. While recruiting at a new developmental school in New Hampshire, she meets a senior, Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), who is a “self-described autodidact” and prodigy, and his teacher, John (Paul Rudd) who enthusiastically lobbies for his admittance into Princeton. Although rather unimpressed initially with Jeremiah, Portia learns from John that there may be a closer connection between Portia and Jeremiah than she initially realizes.

Admission Fey Rudd Jeremiah

A light-hearted romantic comedy, the film aims to explore types of “admission” in life overall, and created this through the parallel of Portia as an admissions counselor. It focused not only on the (obvious) college admissions process, but also letting go of grudges and mundane routines and welcoming people – whether it be a family member you’ve never really gotten along with or a new love interest – into your life.

Overall, the overarching theme was clear, but the writing didn’t do it justice. There is no doubt that the film is realistic, but the jokes are dry, the supporting characters aren’t nearly as developed as well as they could have been, and minor subplots introduced in the beginning are lost through the film. The chemistry between Rudd and Fey is surprisingly decent, and the two of them bring a stigma of ease and confidence to the film. Otherwise, the supporting actors seem to try too hard, but that’s probably due to the fact the audience doesn’t have a real reason to care for them. The character Fey portrays is reminiscent to her character, Sharon Norbury, from Mean Girls – a dedicated and diligent woman in their career but has their entire life slowly spiral downward. While Fey pulls of the workaholic and caring career woman character well (as seen in Mean Girls  and 30 Rock), it may be time for Fey to move into some more diverse roles if she’s going to continue with film rather than TV.

Tine Fey Admission

Other than Fey and Rudd’s characters, the writing doesn’t give the audience any reason to personally be interested in the rest of the cast and the dry humor only supported the sub-par script. I’d wait to watch this on Red Box on a rainy day rather than buying an “admission” ticket.

Grade: C+

Rated: PG-13 (for language and some sexual material)

Admission opens in theaters on March 22, 2013.

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!

Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?