Going to college is an important role in everybody’s life. Unfortunately, not many people can actually go to college due financial differences and long hours of studying. But what if some students thought in their minds, “What if I created my own college where everyone can learn whatever he/she wants to learn and make accessible for all?” Thus you get the basic premise for the 2006 comedy from Universal Studios “Accepted”. Sure, the movie generates a couple of laughs, but for the most part it feels very predictable. “Accepted” is a comedy that has an audience, mainly students who are in high school, but ultimately is calculable in its production.
The plot of the film involves a young man named Bartleby Gains (Justin Long). He just finished high school, and he is unhappy, as Bartleby has just been rejected from all the major colleges in Ohio. One day, Bartleby comes up with an idea: what if he and his friends started up a fake college, and only they know about it? So Bartleby and his friends transform an old, rundown mental hospital into the South Harmon Institute of Technology (meaning you know what). They even get someone to pose as the dean of the school (played perfectly by Lewis Black). Everything is going fine until almost 300 students show up to the fake college. It also doesn’t help that the neighboring North Harmon campus wants to destroy building so that they can expand their area. Bartleby must find a way to solve this problem and keep his fake college running smoothly so that nothing gets out of hand.
“Accepted” is an okay film. It’s not perfect, and it’s not terrible, it’s just all right. But there are some flaws with the film. First of all, the whole production is average to say the least. The humor that is presented in the film is hit-and-miss, meaning some jokes work and some don’t. Secondly, the pacing of the film was a bit too fast. Then again, you can only put so much for a PG-13 rated movie. But the biggest problem that came to me was with the story. It’s very predictable, especially at the end of the film where Bartleby is making this big speech about how the main purpose of college is to showcase a student’s creativity. Another problem with the story is that most of the jokes are aimed at a high school crowd. That’s fine, but would have worked better if there were some adult material thrown in as well. The bottom line is if the story had not been too predictable and the script had thrown in some adult content, then the movie would have been good.
Now with that said, there are some good things about “Accepted”. The script offers a good “what if” scenario, and they use the idea to the fullest. The characters that the actors and actresses portray are likable, even though some just fall flat, they still do good performances. Finally, the movie knows who its audience is for students in high school. This film will definitely attract to that certain crowd.
In conclusion, “Accepted” is a mixed bag of sorts. On the one hand, you have a comedy that has an audience going for its subject matter, and pretty decent scenario. On the other hand, you get a very predictable film that falls short of its expectations. The movie tries to present itself as an example is going to be like, but it’s more fun and games. If the film tried a more serious approach towards college life, then it would have become a decent drama. But as it stands, “Accepted” is an uneven and predictable comedy.