Tina Fey and Paul Rudd Are Going to Princeton

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Nov. 16 2012 8:52 AM

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd Are Going to Princeton

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Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in the trailer for Admission

Tina Fey as an ambitious admissions officer at Princeton? Wallace Shawn as her boss? Lily Tomlin as her mom (I think)? Paul Rudd as the sweet, hippie-ish love interest? Michael Sheen in there somewhere, according to IMDb? What's not to like about the upcoming Admission, based on a novel of the same name by Jean Hanff Korelitz, which, according to The New Yorker, "gleams with acute insights into what most consider a deeply mysterious process"?

Did I mention that Fey's character apparently had a child back when she was in college, gave him up for adoption (or something), and that Rudd has brought this kid back into her life, and now she wants to get him into Princeton, despite his poor grades?

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OK, that last bit of plot seems like a bit much, at least judging from this trailer. Still, with that cast, it's impossible not to be at least curious about this one. The director is Paul Weitz, touted here as the director of About a Boy (co-director, actually, with his brother Chris), though his most recent film is Being Flynn, which also adapted a book about an estranged parent and child, not entirely successfully.

Admission comes out next March.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.