Pairing Tina Fey with Paul Rudd sounds like a comedy no-brainer. However, instead of going for the laugh-a-minute humorfest we know these actors are capable of, Admission goes for the more downbeat approach. This is not inherently bad, but it does set fans up for disappointment.
The carnival-barker title of Stars in Shorts is practically begging for an exclamation point, but its appeal to name recognition makes commercial sense: it’s an attempt to position short films as something other than film festival fodder or the things that screw up people’s Oscar ballots. The seven-film anthology is