This Rotten Week: Predicting Admission, Olympus Has Fallen And The Croods Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-03-17 11:45:00discussion comments
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Three movies on the slate this week and a little something for everyone. Tina Fey helps us get to college, Gerard Butler protects the President and the Croods explore the outside world.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Admission
When your alma mater shows up on this list you can rest easy knowing your transcript and resume will always carry that air of academia, conjuring images of ivy laden walls and high brow, scholarly, liberal arts-ian discussion. Oh, also the wee hour beer bongs and classes like Francophone Lit. The seven years I spent there were amazing.

But to get into this elite group of colleges and universities one must pass through admissions, the highfalutin bouncers standing at the ivory gates with their little lists marked “Good enough”, “Umm, not quite”, or “Yes and tell your parents thanks for the donation.” Tina Fey plays one of them in this latest comedy, about an admissions counselor who discovers the son she gave up for adoption wants to come to Princeton.

The premise is fine enough, but I always get a little concerned watching a trailer for a comedy and not laughing once. Not a great sign and no easy feat considering I could watch Paul Rudd do my taxes and probably just giggle the entire time. Some early reviews back up this relative pessimism as it hovers around fifty percent right now. I actually think it’ll dip a bit over the week as more opinions come in because. For starters Paul Weitz (Little Fockers-10%, Being Flynn-53%) does little to boost comedic confidence. He had a little juice in the past but it’s been a long time since About a Boy. Additionally, I usually don’t focus on “Top Critics” in this format, but they are especially down on the movie. I think as more reviews come in the score drops some more. Won’t be going back to college on this one. The Rotten Watch for Admission is 51%

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