Pros: Justin Long, Lewis Black, quirky and endearing, a great message
Cons: A bit cheesy, used plot, more holes than swiss cheese (though it -is- a comedy...)
4 out of 5 stars
After a group of seniors finally graduate from high school, they discover they haven't been accepted to college anywhere. Averting crises with their parents, and led by notorious slacker Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long), they set off to create their own college -- but the charade eventually gets to be more than they can handle!
2 out of 5 stars
Okay, perhaps the least respectable part of Accepted is the writing. I like the story's idea, but the way it is written feels a bit half-baked. There are so many plot holes that I almost wonder if they didn't even intend to cover them up in the first place. It would be a lot of work.
Overall, however, I would give the writing a pat on the back for getting down the basics of cinematic storytelling. While my suspension of disbelief was beginning to go out the window, I was still attached to the characters and their struggle to keep South Harmon Institue of Technology (I'll let you figure out the acronym) alive.
3 out of 5 stars
I know everyone else says that Justin Long was the best part of the movie, but I'd have to disagree. The acting wasn't particularly subpar, and there were quite a few respectable names involved (i.e., Jonah Hill, who would soon after star in Superbad).
Most notable is, perhaps, Lewis Black. Though Long's character is the focus of the plot, Black's rants and raves are among the greatest scenes in the movie. He excels as the wild, contrarian academic, and exemplifies the message Accepted tries to send out.
4 out of 5 stars
There's a few pretty good numbers on the soundtrack for Accepted, most notably for me being Let the Drummer Kick by Citizen Cope. Not only does the song match the scene, but it's just a good song in general! It also features the Pixies and Modest Mouse, so it's not short on big names.
In addition to the listed songs, the movie features other music as well, from even bigger names -- The Cure, Green Day, The Ramones. There's a whole scene where Justin Long sings "Blitzkrieg Bop"!
As a bit of a self-proclaimed slacker myself who has been frequently disillusioned by the secondary education system, this movie really hit home. It wasn't so much about the quality of the movie as the message it had: learning doesn't have to be a borefest. Why not do what we love?
I think that if this movie had been too serious, it would have done exactly what it preached against. Sometimes, it's fine to have a little fun, be a little goofy, so long as you are enjoying yourself. Isn't that what life is all about anyways? ;D
Average Score: [***--] 3.25 out of 5 stars