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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 107m 31s

Release date 14/06/2013

BBFCInsight Contains one use of strong language, moderate language and sex references

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Paul Weitz

Cast includes Paul Rudd, Tina Fey, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 04/06/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

ADMISSION is a romantic comedy drama about Portia, an ambitious Admissions Officer at Princeton, who is urged by a teacher to consider an unusually gifted but slightly odd young man who is possibly the son she gave up for adoption many years ago. It is rated 12A for one use of strong language, moderate language and sex references.

A single use of strong language ('f**king') is exclaimed by Portia as the boy's teacher tells her that he is her long lost son. There is also some moderate bad language, including two uses of 'prick' and one of 'twat'.

Characters discuss 'sleeping with' or 'having sex with' each other, as well as making references to affairs. However, the conversations are generally undetailed. At a couple of points characters kiss passionately, cutting to sight of them in bed together, but no sexual activity is ever shown. Some moderate sex references include a woman being referred to as a 'cougar', Portia's feminist mother telling her how she had sex on a train with a stranger so she could have a baby, and Portia 'pimping out' her mother - actually taking her to meet a Russian professor who fancies her, in the hope he will give a favourable reference for Jeremiah.

In one scene, Portia and her colleagues write on a flipboard the best comments they receive as they telephone to tell applicants or their parents their admission results. One half of the board has compliments from excited respondents and the other half has insults from disappointed people, including "I hope you get rectal cancer", "Eat shit and die" and "F- yourself"

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.


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