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With: Justin Long, Adam Herschman, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively, Mark Derwin, Columbus Short, Kellan Lutz, Maria Thayer, Diora Baird, Lewis Black
Written by: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Mark Perez
Directed by: Steve Pink
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, sexual material and drug content
Running Time: 90
Date: 08/18/2006

Accepted (2006)

2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Steve Pink, John Cusack's writing partner on Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity, makes his directorial debut with Accepted, a flat comedy based on a flimsy premise and filled out with the usual "snowballing lie" plot, climaxing in the "rousing speech." He tosses in a few "comic montages" to stretch things even thinner. Rejected from every college (even the local community college?), Bartleby (Justin Long) and his misfit friends invent their own school, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, the acronym of which is the basis for over half the movie's jokes. For some reason, everyone who visits the school assumes that Bartleby -- who looks like a student -- is in charge. Characters are cribbed directly from Animal House, except that everyone learns a lesson; it's gutted in the pursuit of a safe PG-13. Great music by the likes of the Pixies and the Hives is wasted. Blake Lively plays the blonde love interest and Lewis Black adds fun as a cynical ex-professor.

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