Even though this got like zero marketing, I was excited to see this Tina Fey and Paul Rudd outing. I love them both, so was this movie exactly what I wanted or a disappointment?
Tina Fey stars as a Princeton admissions officer who is looking for a promotion but whose life gets turned upside as she meets the director of a new charter school (Rudd) who challenges her thoughts on what a future candidate for college really looks like.
Both Fey and Rudd do the job they were brought on to do. Rudd is charismatic and witty and sincere, while Fey balances that with pessimism and an equal amount of wit. Their chemistry is… okay.
The movie is funny at times, but I’d consider this more of a quirky indie film as opposed to something along the lines of I Love You, Man or Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Not a lot of laughs, but it’s a sweet and touching story. But does it succeed as a touching story? Kind of.
What doesn’t work?
This movie doesn’t really fit. It’s not a nonstop laugh riot. But if you’re looking for a sweet romantic comedy, this also falls short. The chemistry between Rudd and Fey is a little forced and there’s a few twists in the story that come as a little heavy-handed and take the movie to a place where… it didn’t really succeed.
You know, I didn’t hate this movie. But when I walked out of the theater, I just felt this … blegh. It was okay. I don’t regret seeing it but it doesn’t do anything exceptional.
In the real world, I work at a university so I thought this movie would be interesting but maybe the admissions process at Princeton is a little removed from what I do, so it didn’t really resonate that well.
Eh. Rent it. Maybe. Rudd and Fey did okay but the story didn’t give them enough to work with.