We regret (not really) to inform you that your admission into the categorization of good movies has been declined. While we were impressed with your application (we actually weren’t), we simply could not find any room for you (we actively made sure there was no room for you) at this time (ever).
An explanation is needed here. Simply put, your film is terrible. It wasn’t funny; it wasn’t charming; it wasn’t compelling. It was a lazy, absent minded, and utterly contrived misadventure.
How do you get into a school like Princeton? Well, according to the film, you must first get the number of a female admissions officer through inexplicable means. Then you must tell that female admissions officer that your child prodigy is her mistake of a son she gave birth to in college and then gave up for adoption. Then you must seduce and hook up with her. Then you must get her so emotionally attached that she performs essentially a criminal act to cheat the system.
The film is unbelievable – literally. Considering how often Fey’s character is going back and forth between Princeton and whatever that New Hampshire town is, you’d think the director and writers skipped one too many geography classes. Work a full day, then drive 6 hours all the way up to New Hampshire for a Friday night party, just for the hell of it.
Tina Fey is a likable comedic actress but she can save neither the film nor her character from being pointless and completely braindead. She doesn’t even know what she wants and there’s really nothing inspiring or satisfying about watching a stupid character trip over herself time and time again doing…whatever, just because. There’s absolutely no direction in this film. One day, she wants to create a bond of sisterhood between her rival at the office. Another day, she wants to kill her (this one was more understandable). One day she wants absolutely nothing to do with Paul Rudd’s character. Another day she wants to tear his clothes off. She hates her pretentious hippie of a mother (also understandable given that she’s a character who exists for no reason other than so that the movie can pretend to have a quirky comic relieving side-character…on that note – isn’t the FILM supposed to be a comic relief?) but she makes no qualms about using her house as a base while she’s wasting time screwing around in New Hampshire, 400 miles away from where she’s actually supposed to be.
Paul Rudd is trying to be Paul Rudd because Paul Rudd is a funny guy, but his character just won’t let him be that. You know you’ve got a problem when the writers of a script can’t internalize an actor’s talents in a character that they most likely wrote for the actor itself. Rudd’s character is screaming “look at me! I’m an interesting person! I travel the world! I do charity work in Southeast Asia! I adopt kids from Africa! I’m going to Ecuador! Don’t you just adore me…?”
As for the comedy, there just isn’t any. I’ve seen Japanese pornography (don’t ask) that made me cringe less than this film. The dialogue is awkward. The tone is all over the map. There’s no memorable line or running joke throughout the film that we get to have any fun with. Oh there are a dozen of attempts, but they all fail from the start and the film can’t decide which ones it wants to actually put some effort into. The characters are stupid. The plot is even more stupid. And the only scenes in the film that come even close to being watchable are the ones where Paul Rudd and Tina Fey are just allowed to be themselves. And there are about…2 of those.