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Tina Fey and Paul Rudd's talents are wasted in this so-so dramedy

High-strung college admissions officer Portia (Tina Fey) discovers her mid-life mojo when she bumps into ex-classmate John (Paul Rudd), a free spirit in charge of an ‘alternative’ high school who attempts to convince her that one of his students – who might just be Portia’s estranged son – is Princeton material.

These truly are dark and terrible times if we are forced to accept the elitist problems of an Ivy League college admissions officer as shameless fodder for a romcom.

Then again, Paul Weitz’s (About A Boy, American Pie) movie spends far more time shipwrecking the talents of its two stars than it does offering us either romance or comedy, so maybe it’s actually just a drama with a really confusing poster.

 

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