When high school slacker Bartleby "B" Gaines (Justin Long) receives his 8th rejection letter, one for every college he's applied to, he creates a fake university
in order to fool his overzealous parents.
Gaines finds that while most of his graduating class has been accepted into schools like Harmon (a fictitious Harvard-esque school), Yale and Princeton, some of his closest friends didn't get accepted anywhere. With the help of his best friend Schrader (Jonah Hill), Hands, a wide receiver with a busted knee and a void scholarship, and friends Rory and Glen, Gaines renovates the abandoned Harmon Psychiatric Hospital into the South Harmon Institute of Technology. (S.H.I.T).
With help from comedian Lewis Black who stands in as Dean and their one and only true faculty member, Gaines has successfully fooled his parents and everyone else that he's a true student of higher learning. What he didn't plan on, is 300 other willing and able student bodies who didn't get accepted anywhere either.
This film is a hit and miss for me, and while not a complete rejection, Accepted
isn't at the head of its class either. There are several funny parts, but we've already seen them in much better films. There isn't much originality in this film, in fact it seems to be a mish-mash of the eternal classic Animal House
, National Lampoon's Van Wilder
and also a quirky little 1994 film starring Christopher Lloyd called, Camp Nowhere
In this film a young boy's parents desperately want to send him away to summer camp. Together with his friends, he hatches a plan to trick all the parents into sending them to a camp of his own design. Sound familiar? Yeah...Accepted
's true shining point is the performance of Jonah Hill. You may know Hill from his role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin
as the kid who goes into the Ebay shop and wants to buy the shoes. He's hilarious here, and looks to have a promising future - but I'm weary of his probability of being pigeon-holed.
This film really plays more to the younger high school crowd as opposed to moviegoers already in college, but it's a quirky, light-hearted escape at the theaters - and for a "college" film it's actually quite family-safe.