Picture from Admission
Overall C

Portia (Tina Fey) is a university admissions officer who usually doesn't have any trouble saying, "No." But when she is asked to consider a student with substandard grades (who might be the baby she secretly gave up for adoption years ago), she admits she wants to say, "Yes."

Violence B-
Sexual Content C
Profanity D+
Substance Use B+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and some sexual material.

Talk to your kids about…


How do you think the actual job of an admission officer compares with the depiction in this movie? How realistic do you think other careers are portrayed in films? How well do you think Jeremiah would do at Princeton considering his academic experience? What are the challenges he would face? Is the university route for everyone? In what other ways can a person gain career skills?

Do you think private or magnet schools prepare students better for a university experience than public schools? Why or why not? Should extracurricular activities be considered in an application? How involved should parents be in promoting their child?

Why does one of the characters in this movie believe it is not healthy to need other people? Do you agree?

Why are both Portia and John anxious to leave behind their childhood experiences? What do they each dislike about their upbringing? Would you want your children to have a similar or different childhood than you had?