Release Date: August 18th, 2006 by Universal Pictures.
The Cast: Justin Long, Adam Herschman, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively, Mark Derwin, Columbus Short, Kellan Lutz, Maria Thayer, Diora Baird, Lewis Black.
Directed by Steve Pink.
BASIC PREMISE: Bartleby (Long), a college reject, opens a fake college for other rejects.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Accepted occasionally has a sharp screenplay that often tries too hard to be funny. Justin Long, as Bartleby, seems to be channeling Matthew Broderick from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. After getting rejected from every college he applied to, he and one of his friends come up with a scheme to open a fake college just to impress his father and his love interest, Monica (Lively), who attends a nearby college. The rest of his friends join in on the scheme and renovate an abandoned building which would serve as the college. These friends include Rory (Thayer), Sherman (Hill), Glen (Herschman) and Hands (Short). Other college rejects start applying to the school as which makes the plot more outrageous. The humor ranges from offensive toilet humor to funny, witty dialogue. Some of it feels a bit forced, stupid, silly and over-the-top, though. Also, the plot loses its comic steam in the implausible third act. There’s a cheesy romantic subplot involving Bartleby and Monica. However, what makes this movie engaging are the lively characters, especially the fake Dean played with great comic timing by Lewis Black. All the actors seem to be having a lot of fun with their roles and it certainly shows. Unfortunately, Accepted doesn’t have as much imagination and memorable characters as in Old School or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but at least it manages to be somewhat entertaining.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you check your brain at the door.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 1
IN A NUTSHELL: Silly, outrageous, but only occasionally hilarious.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (2nd Run)
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