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Accepted (Widescreen Edition)
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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 that critics are calling "freakin' hilarious" (Steven Chupnick, MovieWeb.com)!
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As the film begins we meet a klutzy Ferris Bueller type named Bartleby `B' Gaines, who, upon learning he's gotten his application rejected from like his seventh or eighth college, decides, with the help of his friend Sherman (Hill), to make up a fictional school called South Harmon Institute of Technology, which is supposedly a sister school to a local (and real) institute of higher education. Why? Well, mainly to appease his parents, particularly his father, who's kind of an a-hole. Pretty soon the lie begins to snowball and Bartleby is forced to come up with an actual facility, to which he takes the money his parents gave him for tuition and leases a decrepit building that once was used as a psychiatric hospital. With the help of his friends they fix it up enough to pass it off as a school, along with bringing in Sherman's slightly crazy Uncle Ben (Lewis) to act as the dean. Bartleby manages to scam his parents well enough, but guess what? Sherman, who created the web page for the fictional school, made the site a little too realistic, and pretty soon a slew of dregs, dweebs, mutants, malcontents, and spaz types, none of whom could get into other schools, begin showing up, tuition in hand, believing they've gotten accepted to South Harmon. Rather than crush their dreams, Bartleby decides make the school semi-legit by letting the students make up their own classes based on what they want to learn. Things seem to go well for a while, that is until Dean Van Horne (Heald), who presides over the real Harmon, decides he wants the land adjacent to his university for expansion purposes (South Harmon just happens to be on that land). Eventually Bartleby's sham is exposed, but his school has become something more than intended (an actual learning institution) and Bartleby and his friends opt for a long shot in trying to get the school accredited and avoid going to jail under fraud charges.
All in all I thought this film, albeit formulaic, was funny and fairly entertaining. The plot is pretty unrealistic but then it is a screwy comedy so it helps if you suspend a good deal of disbelief. As I said the plot's formulaic as you have the standard setup of the main character creating a wacky situation, one that eventually gets out of hand, ultimately crashing down around his ears, resulting in a last ditch effort to save the day. There's also a love interest element as Bartleby's has it bad for a character played by Blake Lively, who, in turn, is dating slimy, snobby president of the fraternity, both of whom go to the real Harmon. Eventually she comes to see her boyfriend for what he is and takes up with Bartleby thinking he's all cool and the real deal, which results in disappointment as she discovers most everything he's presented himself as, in terms of the school, is fake. Will Bartleby be able to save the day and get the girl? Probably...I thought all the performers did pretty well, including Long himself who seems a charming and personable fellow, but the character I enjoyed most was that of Sherman, played by Jonah Hill. He was sort of the token, chubby, awkward nerdlinger, but he was also really funny, especially when he was trying to fit in with the fraternity types. You see, Sherman got accepted to the real Harmon, and was pledging the main fraternity as a legacy, but the so called `cool' types seemed only interested in humiliating him as much as possible. There's plenty of crazy characters running around that manage to keep things interesting, probably the wackiest a character named Glen (Herschman), a misfit who got fired from the local kwik-e-mart for making a shrimp slushy (he was both hungry and thirsty). Lewis Black pulls his shtick out for the film, as he can be seen ranting on in his usual fashion and provides a few comical moments as an unorthodox dean. As this was Pink's directorial debut I thought he did extremely well as he really kept things lively and moving along at a good pace. Another aspect that helped a lot was an rousing soundtrack which included some good tunes from bands like The Pixies, Green Day, Citizen Cope, Modest Mouse, Weezer, The Hives, and The Cure, to name a few.
The picture, presented in anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) on this DVD looks sharp, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, available in English, French, and Spanish, comes across well. Extras include an audio commentary track with director Pink and performers Justin Long, Lewis Black, Jonah Hill, and Adam Herschman. Also included is a comical bit entitled Adam's Accepted Chronicles, a making of featurette titled `Reject Rejection: The Making of Accepted', a self-guided campus tour, a couple of music videos, some deleted scenes, and music MP3 files from the film, accessible through your computer.
By the way, take the first letter from each word in the name of the school...South Harmon Institute of Technology...what does that spell? This joke is played on a lot throughout the movie...
The movie to me is the kind of typical loser teenager tries to make something of themself movie. But thats not a bad thing if done right. And for the most part, this movie is done right. It even gets the 'adult influence' right when they casted Lewis Black. I was quite pleased when I realized they weren't going to do the stupid love triangle throughout the entire movie. Once they hit the downfall of the guy, the movie picked up for me. The rally wasn't a huge rally where everyone just changes their mind and switches to the kids side, its a rally where the people were telling the kid not to do it.
The movie does have some foul language and some situations that may be inappropriate for some ages, and parents probably need to sit through it before letting their kids watch it, and I would be prepared to have questions about some topics.
The extras were pretty good, I like the inclusion of outtakes, and this had a fairly lengthy outtake reel. There were quite a few of deleted scenes, and the commentary was pretty good...
Its Fun, funny and make me LoL all movie long.
Overall I love this movie and you should watch it since its a good way to SEE what is going on in today's Higher educational system.
Beside there Idea just ROCK!