Synopsis: Straitlaced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the freewheeling John Pressman (Paul Rudd). Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted -- but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Paul Weitz
Production: Focus Features
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

An admissions officer

must have a strong constitution

to be on the receiving end

of an entire nation's application panic,

to endure the frustration and anger

of all the so-called millennial parents

who just realized...

Come on, hurry up!

God, Mom, relax.

There isn't room

for every perfectly nurtured,

organically fed, well-tutored offspring.

Okay, I'm your tour guide.

There's no point trying to impress me.

I have absolutely

no power over your fate here.

The people with the power are right in there.

The admissions officers.

And, no, that sign is not an omen.

Except for some of you.

Almost all of you, actually.

We had 26,241 applications last year,

1,308 of those applicants

are attending school here.

James, tours leave at 9:15. It's 9:25.

Sorry. I thought I'd wait.

We had a, uh, late arrival.

I'm sorry. Our GPS lied.

No worries, Mrs. Lafont.

Welcome to Princeton.

So what's the secret to getting in?

The secret...

Just be yourself.

If this is the right place for you,

then this is where you'll end up.


Okay, let's go see Princeton!

We're going to play a fun game.

It's called "Spot the Nobel Prize Winner."

What's the secret to getting in?

There has to be one, right?

Well, there is, but I can't tell you. Not yet.

What I can tell you

is everyone thinks we're sadists.

That we like saying no. This is not true.

- No.

- Portia.

No. No. No.

You're second reader

on my territory this season.

Yes, I know. As are you. On mine.

That's the way it works.

Oh, I'll just wait until you catch up. With me.

We are in this job for one reason.

- Hello?

- Is this Portia Nathan?

- To say...

- Yes?

Wow, I didn't think I'd get you.

It's John Pressman

from The New Quest School

in Keene, New Hampshire.

Um, okay.

Yeah. I sent you a few e-mails,

and left a couple of messages.

Listen, thank you for calling.

Can you please e-mail me your information

and I will call you back?

Hey, not so rough. How'd you like

to have your udder yanked like that?

Excuse me?

- Sorry, I was just talking to a student.

- Uh.

People! Everyone, please.

I have a couple of announcements.

There is an announcement.

Portia, we're a new developmental school,

and we have

our first graduating class this year.

I know you're gonna be making

your school visits in the next few weeks.

I'd like for you to visit our campus.

Our kids would gain a lot from it,

and I think you would, too.

Right, I will look into it. I got to go.

I went to Dartmouth, same time as you...

Bye. Thank you for calling.

So, we're breaking records

in application numbers, naturally,

because we've been number one for so long.

Number one until today.

Princeton has just fallen to number two.

What this means

is that we all have to work harder than ever.

Because I want to go out on top.

Yes, you see, the rumors are true.

I have decided to retire

and pass the baton to a worthy successor.

I'm spending an extra four days

in the Andover Hotchkiss triangle.

And I've added five full days

to the San Francisco Bay Area

in Northern California.

And I've added a number of new schools.

In fact, I was just talking

to the co-founder of Quest,

a developmental high school

with their first year of college applicants.

Clarence, we're going to be back on top.

We're going to make that happen

by working together.

Right, Portia?


As a mother myself,

I know the importance of teamwork.

And I'm not a mother,

but I know the importance of it, too.

Can't go it alone.


Because you two are my superstars.

And nothing would make me happier

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