Now this is a first. A high-school/college teenage comedy that has a somewhat original plot. That is almost unheard of in this day and age. Although, I have a better question. Why do I own this movie? It is not exactly the movie that I would normally own. Don’t get me wrong. I do like watching these type of comedies every now and then, but I generally don’t buy them. So, again, why do I own this movie? My best guess is that I picked this up when I was going through my “I’ll be my own Blockbuster for my friends and just get every movie possible” phase. Oh well, let’s get on with today’s movie, Accepted.
The plot: Bartleby Gaines has received rejection letters from every college that he has applied for. Wanting the approval of his father, Bartleby decides to create a fake college called the South Harmon Institute of Technology and has his friend Sherman help him make it seem legit by creating a website for the school. Bartleby, along with his friends Rory, Glen, and Hands, leases an abandoned mental hospital to serve as the campus and asks Sherman’s uncle to act as Dean in order to fool his parents. However, Sherman’s website is so convincing, that hundred of other students enroll in the fictitious school Bartleby decides to accept everyone and have the students create their own curricula. Meanwhile, Richard Van Horne, the dean of Harmon College, wants to expand his schools grounds and wants to purchase the mental hospital but Bartleby refuses to sign over the lease. Hoyt Ambrose, the fraternity leader that Dean Van Horne tasked with acquiring the property, begins working to prove South Harmon is fake. He finally gets the files he needed from Sherman, who had been pledging Hoyt’s fraternity, and contacts all of the student’s parents to let them know the school was fake. However, tired of being humiliated by Hoyt and his fraternity, Sherman filed for accreditation on behalf of South Harmon, giving the school a chance to become legit. At the state accreditation hearing, Bartleby manages to convince the board to give his school a one year probation accreditation to test Bartleby’s system. The college reopens with even more students attending, including Sherman, and Bartleby has managed to gain his dad’s approval with the fact that Bartleby owns his own college.
Accepted did not get much approval from the critics, earning only a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus among the critics is that the movie had potential but it failed to live up to it. The one person they did seem to like was Blake Lively’s character as she would earn a Breakout Award for her role. The movie did reasonably well at the box office, earning over $38 million off of a $23 million budget.
This was an ok movie. It had it’s moment’s that made me laugh but there were plenty of times where I thought it was just too stupid. The actors were decent although I really liked Lewis Black’s character. The story line and plot were actually pretty good and fairly original, which was a bit surprising when I first watched this. However, all of the constant parties and goofing off that the main characters did actually hurt this movie. I agree that it could have been better, but I still laughed so it did keep me somewhat entertained.
A good plot that was damaged by mediocre acting. It is entirely up to you if you want to watch it.
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5