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Awesome: 9.46%
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Total Crap: 1.35%

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by Doug Bentin

"Silly but a plea to give the under-achievers a chance."
4 stars

“Accepted” is the latest version of the college comedy. It knows it isn’t “Animal House” or “Back to School,” as much as it would like to be, but it isn’t the embarrassment that the crapariffic “Van Wilder” was, so yeah, you can watch it without wearing a mask or putting a paper bag over your head. People who sit through “Van Wilder” are always tempted to put a plastic bag over their heads.

Justin Long (“The Break-Up” “Dodgeball”) stars as Bartleby Gaines, a graduating high school senior who is profoundly mediocre and collects acceptance letters from colleges like Paris Hilton will be collecting Grammies. To get his uptight dad off his back he convinces his life-long bud Sherman (Jonah Hill) to create a phony college website, then he sends himself an acceptance letter from the faux school, The South Harmon Institute of Technology—good ol’ S.H.I.T. The school mascot is a sandwich. He and a couple of pals give an abandoned mental hospital a do-over to fool their folks and then start hanging out at the fake college like the S.H.I.T.heads they are.

The boom lowers when the phony website starts kicking out acceptance letters to every loser, slacker, and ritalin-gulper in Ohio. The would-be students are so grateful that some school has been willing to give them a chance, Bartleby hasn’t got the heart to reject them.

Of course, they soon find themselves going head to head with the dean of the real Harmon University and his pet fraternity, and the slobs vs. snobs scenario kicks in.

What keeps “Accepted” from sinking under the weight of every other college comedy to which it pays homage—I use that word just in case you’re grown tired of film reviewers complaining about new movies that rip off old ones and would like to see me be more positive for once—is the fact that it really has a sense of the anguish getting into college can cause. Much of the dialogue, especially when the kids are talking among themselves, is relatively smart indicating that the kids are, too. There is the one moron who’s necessary to this sort of story, but even he becomes a good cook.

I also like Long, who could go on to a decent career as a comic actor. I think he’s good enough not to play the same character over and over again and I’d like to see him expand his repertoire. He works well here with Blake Lively (“Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”) who plays the cute blond who has to give up on her insufferably condescending boy friend and move to the light side of the farce.

If you’re a fan of Lewis Black’s angry old man schtick, which I am, he’s along as Dean Lewis, a cross between Sam Kinnison and Rodney Dangerfield, and he’s pretty funny without really acting.

As you can tell, there’s nothing new here but what’s old works pretty well. I can’t give the film an unqualified rush-to-see-it rating, but if you think you might want to sneak in to catch it after watching something else, well, uh, shame on you.

A surprising number of the jokes work. The number may be higher or lower for you depending on how much of a goof you think higher education really is. Me? I laughed quite a bit.

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User Comments

5/04/20 Bronwyn Blanchard Had they not ditched IV equipment from old hospital, could've been an IV League school! 3 stars
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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