Here, a bunch of high school grads are rejected by a host of colleges -- even the ones that take really stupid kids. Their leader, Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long of "Herbie: Fully Loaded"), known as B, decides to start his own college in an abandoned mental hospital. The South Harmon Institute of Technology starts out as a sham website given dubious legitimacy by the drunken uncle of one of B's co-conspirators pretending to be the Dean. Before long, dozens of college rejects start applying to South Harmon, where they are assured acceptance. There's a rivalry between the low-end kids of South Harmon and a neighboring school for over-privileged high-achievers. Wacky hijinks ensue, most of which are necessarily sophomoric to maintain the tone of the movie. Starring Justin Long, Adam Herschman, Blake Lively, Jonah Hill, Mark Derwin, Columbus Short, Kellan Lutz, Maria Thayer and Lewis Black. Directed by Steve Pink. Written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage and Mark Perez. Produced by Michael Bostick and Tom Shadyac. A Universal release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for language, sexual material and drug content. Running time: 90 min
Debuting director Steve Pink wrote the screenplays for the John Cusack films "Grosse Pointe Blank" and "High Fidelity," both of which are fairly sophisticated bits of scribesmanship. "Accepted" is not, which is not a demerit on the part of Pink, since he did not write this film, and does a better-than-average job of directing material that might have worked better had he penned it, too. "Accepted" isn't the sort of movie that has at its core issues as weighty as those found in either of the aforementioned films, both of which are darkly funny and quirky, with sharp insights on the human psyche, even when they're being absurd. "Accepted" is for the most part just a juvenile college party movie. It's intended to be funny in the broadest possible way and reaches for little more than an "Animal House"/"Revenge of the Nerds" vibe. It achieves its goals, however low.