The Good

Justin Long and everyone else made this movie a solid good time.

The Bad

The soundtrack to this movie bugged me.

When Bartleby "B" Gaines (Justin Long) doesn't get into any of the colleges he applied to, he decides to make his parents proud by pretending that he got in somewhere. With the help of some friends, they create a school thinking they can pull off the facade long enough to at least stall their parents. However, due to a "clickable link" on their faux school website, a bunch of other people apply to South Harmon Institure of Technology, and with the money rolling in Bartleby convinces his friends Schrader (Jonah Hill), Glen (Adam Herschman), Hands (Columbus Short), and Rory (Maria Thayer) that they can actually pull this off.

However, BKE, the school on the hill and their dean want to expand their campus to include the property that South Harmon is on. This, mixed in with parents making surprise visits to the campus (where the students create the cirriculum), creates many anxious moments for Bartleby and all involved. In the end, things work out like they always do in these kinds of movies, however, along the way Accepted packs in the right amount of laughs, babes, and sophmoric humor to attract a huge audience.

Features

Adam's Accepted nicles

Adam Herschman, as you may have guessed, is the focus of this segment that looks at him preparing for his role as Glen. We see him doing mock preparations and then we hear cast members talking about him. Presented in a mockumentary like way, as I was watching this I couldn't help but wonder why he was getting a segment of his own on this DVD? It's not that he isn't funny it's just that there were a bunch of other people in this movie.

Reject Rejection

This making of is pretty standard but what I thought was the most interesting was the story of director Steve Pink. Having mainly worked as a writer and actor this guy had never directed a feature film before. Surrounded by capable actors and a smart production team, he really seems like he was left to his own devices in creating this film. It's not that Accepted is so different in it's presentation, but there is something charmingly original about it.

Campus Tour

Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel

Cut together in one big piece the Deleted Scenes seem like they were cut more for time reasons than anything else. We get more moments in the school, more moments of Glen, as well as more moments of the other eclectic characters. The Gag Reel features those funny moments where characters mess up lines, laugh for no reason, and basically waste the studios money. I guess having this feature on a the DVD sort of makes up for it a bit, huh?

Commentary Track

Director Steven Pink, Jonah Hill, Adam Herschman, Justin Long, and Lewis Black talk all over one another in this rambling commentary that isn't really a commentary at all. In fact, had Steven Pink not been there, this thing would sound even more like actors had invaded voice over studio. They start off making fun of the credits, then they make of themselves, and eventually this devolved into sustained moments of everyone talking at once. My favorite part was Jonah Hill talking about hepatitis being funny.

Video

Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35:1. As I have mentioned above there isn't anything visually stunning about this movie. It is shot rather traditionally and the best way to describe this DVD transfer is clean. Everyone in this movie looks good. Even the people they try and gunk up a bit, look good. While there is a quick, simplicity underlying every aspect of this film, I was impressed with the amount of heart and ideas expressed.

Audio

Languages - English, Spanish, and French Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitled in English, Spanish and French. Like the picture in this movie the audio is just as crisp. In fact, the jokes are so sharp and so quick you'll be amazed at how much each character is able to spew out in one sentence. I didn't have to turn my TV that loud and I was able to catch everything. My only complaint is that a lot of the music that is called punk today is just really godawful.

Package

The cast of this movie is shown screaming on this front cover which I think was the same image used on this movie's one-sheet. The back features shots of scantily clad girls, Long, Hill and Herschman, a description of the movie, a Bonus Features listing, a cast list, technical specs, and a quote from the MovieWeb Master, Steven Chupnick! Nothing too amazing about this packaging, but I don't that there needs to be.

Final Word

I gotta give MovieWeb's Steven Chupnick a round of applause. Calling this film "This generation's Animal House!" was right on the money. While ultimately, I think that my buddy Steven would probably agree that the former film was better than the latter version, this movie made a point about about standing out and didn't have gorgeous people portrayed as outcasts.

Okay, it did have that but it also had just the right amount of kooks and weirdos (of which camp I find myself) to make this movie accessible.

Also, you have to love how it calls our educational system on the carpet. Aside from simply taking people's money and no longer even fulfilling the promise of decent jobs, these schools seem like they will take your money and then complain about being underfunded. So, rather than reworking things they push those funds onto the backs of students, who will now be in debt upon getting their precious degree. Also, how many people are really in college to learn? It's all about the mystique of that 4 year piece of paper, which, like the U.S. dollar, is constantly being devalued.

So while Accepted is a broad comedy, it also manages to make one helluva social statement.