“Reject Rejection: The Making of Accepted” featurette
“Adam’s Accepted Chronicles” featurette
Self-Guided Campus Tour
“From the producer of ‘Bruce Almighty’ and ‘Liar Liar’ comes a whole new school of thought: ‘Accepted.’ When every college turns him down, Bartleby ‘B’ Gaines decides to make one up. Welcome to the South Harmon Institute of Technology, where the students teach the classes, the dean lives in a trailer in the back, and Bartleby’s on the way to scoring with the girl of his dreams. It’s a raunchy, rowdy, flat-out funny college comedy.”
“Accepted” is rated PG-13 for language, sexual material and drug content.
“Accepted” is the latest in a long and unoriginal line of comedies about teen and twenty-something social misfits trying to build a personal sense of self-worth despite what the rest of the world keeps telling them. It couldn’t be more of an “Animal House” rip-off if it were actually called “Animal House Rip-Off,” just with less titillation. Bartleby and friends suddenly find themselves having to run their own school resulting in self-directed classes where students study “whatever it is that they’re interested in.” For instance, watching girls sunbathe for credit.
Naturally, it’s not long before they find themselves in conflict with the evil Ivy League wannabe school next door that covets their land and looks down their noses at South Harmon’s teaching methods.
It has a few funny bits here and there, but they’re deeply mired in the seen-it-all-beforeness of the film. Director Steve Pink has written some sharp and witty scripts before; unfortunately he didn’t work on this one and the result is overall flat. Lewis Black as the lone “faculty” member has some moments of almost insight about the nature of education in America and its role in the increasing gap between classes, but these moments are few and far between and often as not are given up on in favor of platitudes about rejection and acceptance that don’t really take into account the realities of everyday life.
It probably plays well to young people still struggling to find their own identity, but it’s oh so empty.
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