‘Admission’ – Hypable Movie Review

1:00 pm EST, 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.

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

A video posted by chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) on

Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21