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Admissions (2004)

The Brighton has a traumatic drama in the breast of their family: the twenty-year-old Emily Brighton is intellectually disabled due to a fall when she was one, and her overprotective mother... See full summary »

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Melissa Painter

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Dawn O'Leary (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lauren Ambrose ... Evie Brighton
Amy Madigan ... Martha Brighton
Christopher Lloyd ... Stewart Worthy
Fran Kranz ... James Parks
Taylor Roberts ... Emily Brighton
John Savage ... Harry Brighton
Vernee Watson ... Stanford Interviewer (as Vernee Watson-Johnson)
Benjamin Pratt Benjamin Pratt ... Dartmouth Interviewer
Scott Adsit ... Harvard Interviewer
Aleksa Palladino ... Amherst Interviewer
Jennifer Schweickert Jennifer Schweickert ... Librarian
Joyce Schweickert Joyce Schweickert ... Saleslady
Storm Large Storm Large ... TV Host
Paul Ryan Paul Ryan ... Man
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The Brighton has a traumatic drama in the breast of their family: the twenty-year-old Emily Brighton is intellectually disabled due to a fall when she was one, and her overprotective mother Martha Brighton blames her negligence for the accident. The seventeen-year-old Evie Brighton loves her sister and reads poems and stories for Emily. Their father Harry Brighton, a bank investor, lives in the basement with his models of trains and railroads. Evie mysteriously sabotages her interviews for different universities being rejected, and teaches the poetries of her own to Emily. When Martha hears Emily repeating the poems, she takes notes and shows them to the English teacher Stewart Worthy, who believes that Emily has had a moment of genius. When Evie's only friend James reads the notes, he immediately discloses the truth about the author of the poetries. But when Martha becomes aware, she finds the reality of Evie, triggering a series of revelations. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 2006 (Hungary) See more »

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Island of Brilliance See more »

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1.85 : 1
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A Sharp Drama
24 June 2005 | by tarbosh22000See all my reviews

"Admissions" is a fine drama even though they're are some problems with the ending. Lauren Ambrose plays Evie who is trying to avoid college. To make her overworked mother not notice, she makes up poems that everybody thinks her mentally challenged sister wrote. All the acting is first-rate especially Lauren Ambrose and Amy Madigan. They both put in great performances. The climax is also very powerful. There are only two bad parts. First is the character of Stewart Worthy played by Christopher Lloyd. His part is underdeveloped. The other weakness is the ending. It goes around in circles, which I didn't expect with the 84 min run time. Besides that, the movie is definitely worth watching.

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