Accepted (2006)

Genre(s): Comedy
Universal || PG13 - 93 minutes - $29.98 || November 14, 2006
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2006-11-21


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Steve Pink
Writer(s): Mark Perez (story), Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Mark Perez (screenplay)
Cast: Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Adam Herschman, Blake Lively, Lewis Black, Anthony Heald, Maria Thayer


Theatrical Release Date: August 18, 2006


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Director & Cast Commentary
  • Adam's Accepted Chronicles
  • Reject Rejection: The Making of Accepted
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • 2 Music Videos
  • Movie Music MP3s


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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.::THE FILM::.

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Plot Outline (from DVD back cover): 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.

Accepted is a cross between Old School and Dodgeball, both of which are funny movies. Unfortunately, that is where it does not follow suit. Despite claims that this is “This generation’s Animal House” (how could it be with a PG-13 rating?), Accepted just wasn’t that funny. Throughout there were scenes I chuckled at, so I won’t sit here and say it isn’t worth watching, but it takes 85 some-odd minutes to make a solid comedy.

My biggest gripe with Accepted is, it felt like not only a poor-man’s Old School, but worse yet, a direct-to-video sequel of said film (Old School 2: Accepted). It has its moments from a charismatic Justin Long to the lovely Blake Lively, but nowhere near enough to make this anywhere near a good film.

For good measure, veteran character actor Anthony Heald (Silence of the Lambs) and aggressive comedian Lewis Black contribute, with Black providing really the only laughs in the entire movie. Heald only makes brief appearances as the film's villain, but that was only for show.

If you’re in college, you might relate to these characters, no matter how comedic or unbelievable the plot may be. In theory, I would’ve saved so much time and money if I didn’t have to take so many history or literature classes so that I may have “more rounded” knowledge (at that time I was going for a degree in accounting, what the hell does art history have to do with that???). So, on that level, the ideas are interesting.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Director & Cast Commentary - Director Steve Pink is joined by cast members Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Adam Herschman and Lewis Black. Normally, I love these ensemble tracks, but this time around, the participants are busy talking over each other that it was difficult to distinguish who was talking and what they were talking about. I appreciate the fact they stopped in for the chat, yet the overlapping made listening to it almost unbearable.

Adam’s Accepted Chronicles (10:43) - Adam Herschman takes the viewers on the set as he does some stunts, makes jokes and talks with others in the cast and crew. Obviously Universal is keen on giving this guy his own movie. No thanks, I’ll pass. Would’ve been fine for 5-minutes, but this one ran too long.

Reject Rejection: The Making of Accepted (9:52) - Partially your typical making-of junk, but I liked seeing how much these cast of characters got along with each other, showing footage of them goofing around on and off camera. They go through the rounds on each character as well as rookie director Pink and producer Tom Shadyac (director of Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty).

Self-Guided Tour - You can pick various locations from the Half Pipe to the Common Room where there’s even more behind-the-scenes footage at those places. Like in the making-of featurette, you get to see how much fun these guys had on the set.

Deleted Scenes (12:53) - There are 16 scenes, most of which were extended sequences of ones already in the final feature and all were axed for good reason. There are other extended material on various students at S.H.I.T. explaining what they wanted to learn.

Gag Reel (8:04) - Some on-set hyjinx from various cast and crew members provide some laughter, though this one isn’t as funny as most.

Finally, the disc offers two music videos and a few Movie Music MP3s of scores from the film.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Accepted is presented in anamorphic widescreen, 2.35 aspect ratio and looks perfectly... acceptable (ha ha ha, thought you’d get through the review without reading that, eh?).

The standard Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix is offered and suits this comedy fine. You’re also given French and Spanish 5.1 tracks as well.



.::OVERALL::.

Accepted had more to be desired in the comedy department, but on the whole it’s at least an OK movie if you’re absolutely bored. Be warned, however, that this is one movie that can easily be shown on TV (USA network, perhaps?), so it might not be long ‘till it gets there.