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by Scott Weinberg

"Justin Long & Jonah Hill I gladly accept. The rest ... meh."
2 stars

Steve Pink's "Accepted" wants so badly to be another "Animal House" or "Revenge of the Nerds," but would probably settle for "Old School" or "Road Trip," and comes off most like "Van Wilder" or "Sorority Boys."

The "pitch" was undoubtedly this:

"OK, so this smart-ass slacker kid doesn't get into ANY colleges, so he makes one up a fake college to appease his parents. Yeah, just like Jan Brady made up a fake boyfriend. Anyway, things get wacky when a bunch of other goofy slacker kids show up to enroll for the same fictional college!"

And apparently that's all it takes for Universal Pictures to cut you a big enough check to make a cheap college comedy.

Put aside the fact that we're dealing with a short sketch concept spread across a 90-minute movie, and the fact that Accepted roams from semi-satire to farty farce to unearned melodrama at the drop of a bong -- the movie simply isn't funny.

The amiable and generally amusing Justin Long gets his shot at anchoring a comedy all his own ... and let's just say the guy's not exactly a young Bill Murray (although that does seem to be the vibe he's going for: the lovable ne'er do well smartass). Long does wring a few stray chuckles from the paper-thin material, and he's blessed by an odd-looking sidekick (Jonah Hill) who does all the heavy lifting. (No lie, Hill gets about six laughs in a movie that offers maybe eight, and the kid steals the whole flimsy movie with no discernible effort.)

And here's a strange little note: Accepted marks the directorial debut of Steve Pink, frequent John Cusack collaborator and co-screenwriter on both Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity. But Mr. Pink does not get a screenwriting credit on Accepted, which sort of makes one wonder what he's even doing here in the first place. Lord knows this flick could have used a few extra punch-ups in the writers' room.

It's a mildly diverting concept that's been brought to the screen with a notable lack of style and effort. The intended audience of college-age kids may find a handful of random chuckles here and there, but "Accepted" certainly won't be remembered a month after it's ingested.

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User Comments

7/21/08 Samantha Pruitt pretty funny, Jonah Hill is awesome! This was an interesting idea for a movie. 4 stars
7/19/08 Shaun Wallner This was a funny movie. 4 stars
3/02/08 SamanthaPayntr super unbelievable, but still super funny, and i love Jonah Hill! 4 stars
2/11/08 donald it was junny but unbelievable. 3 stars
11/24/07 Tiffany Losco Pretty funny. 4 stars
9/30/07 Sardonic Monkey Some fun laughs, but the plot was a little too far-fetched, plus some cardboard characters. 3 stars
7/11/07 Charles Tatum Formulaic, but still a charming little flick with actual laughs 4 stars
7/07/07 AnnieG My son headed to college this year refused to watch it, but I found it cute. 3 stars
3/29/07 zak Good TP. Took me back. 4 stars
12/20/06 Horny Bitch OMG! I was ready to fuck after I saw it 5 stars
11/30/06 Drew Galletti Not as bad as I expected... actually pretty funny 3 stars
11/23/06 Zaw Very funny flick. I couldn't believe I waited this long to see this one! 5 stars
9/12/06 Michael Coovert Loved it!! Light-hearted but with a real, meaningful message!! 5 stars
9/09/06 michael good story 2 see funny too 5 stars
9/08/06 Tiffany It was really funny 4 stars
9/03/06 Ryan Darc i thought this movie kicked ass... one of the better movies ive seen in awhile 5 stars
8/28/06 Adam Halarious! The perfect movie to see when you hve some spare times 5 stars
8/23/06 nick this movie was so funny 5 stars
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  18-Aug-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 14-Nov-2006



Directed by
  Steve Pink

Written by
  Mark Perez
  Adam Cooper
  Bill Collage

  Justin Long
  Lewis Black
  Anthony Heald
  Jonah Hill
  Blake Lively
  Maria Thayer

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