Paul Rudd and Tina Fey have both made their acting careers playing socially inept yet charismatic people. Whether it’s Rudd’s painfully awkward Peter Klaven in I Love You, Man or Fey’s long-suffering head writer Liz Lemon on NBC’s 30 Rock, the pair has perfected a particular brand of comedy that a certain audience can’t help but love. So the fact that Rudd and Fey are teaming up for the upcoming comedy Admission is less of a random happenstance, more of an inevitability.
The film – directed by About a Boy helmer Paul Weitz – stars Fey as Portia Nathan, a university admissions officer whose world is turned upside down when college friend John Halsey (Rudd) introduces her to a student (Nat Wolff) who may or may not end up being her son. Michael Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Wallace Shawn and Gloria Reuben co-star.
Thanks to Yahoo! Movies, we now have a look at the film’s first trailer. Although the footage appears to reveal a bit too much about the film’s story beats, Admission looks like it will feature an even mix of heart and laughs and, most importantly, play to the strengths of its two stars. Rudd has been racking up quite the list of hits in recent years, with films like Knocked Up, Role Models and the upcoming This Is 40, but Admission could provide something of a crossroads for Fey’s future at the movies.
The actress is currently midway through the final season of 30 Rock and has really only headlined two films thus far, those being Baby Mama and Date Night. However, Admission will be her first starring role without the safety net of her day job waiting to catch her in the case of a box office disaster. This is not to imply that Fey is incapable of establishing herself as a bonafide movie star. In fact, she has already proven that she’s one of the sharpest, funniest women working today. The question here is whether or not moviegoers will embrace her in the same way as the small but rabid 30 Rock fanbase.
So, does the Admission trailer make you “want to go to there,” as Liz Lemon herself would say, Screen Rant readers? Sound off in the comments section.
Admission hits theaters on March 8, 2013.
Source: Yahoo! Movies