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Nov 21, 2006 By: Scott Weinberg
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Director:
Steve Pink

Actors:
Justin Long
Jonah Hill
Lewis Black

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of undergrad rejects create their very own college from scratch, only to get flooded with incoming freshmen.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Although I think I might have been a little tough on ACCEPTED in my theatrical review (and I'll admit I enjoyed it a little bit more the second time around), it's still not a very memorable little college flick. It's a high-concept, low-energy, hyper-edited piece of farce that seems like it's in a huge hurry to hit those end credits.

But let's focus on the positives: Justin Long makes for a very likeable leading man, at least if you're looking for a wise-ass Average Joe as your main character. Semi-newcomer Jonah Hill also displays a fine comic timing and a gift for unexpectedly funny weirdness. And, to its credit, the movie does try to offer a half-decent message along with its fart jokes, but... Meh. Still meh. It's a generally watchable cable flick that'll find a comfortable home on Comedy Central, but overall it's a pretty forgettable affair. Not even Lewis Black's arcane scenery-chewing will keep the movie from evaporating from your memory in less time than it took to watch it.

THE EXTRAS
Adam's ACCEPTED Chronicles is an 11-minute featurette in which actor Adam Herschman pretends he's a movie star and jokingly throws his weight around the set. Funny for about 45 seconds.

Reject Rejection: The Making of ACCEPTED is a fairly standard 10-minute behind-the-scenes piece, only it's just a little bit funnier than usual.

Fans of the chat-tracks might enjoy the audio commentary with director Steve Pink and actors Justin Long, Lewis Black, Jonah Hill and Adam Herschman. The five guys have a good time chatting over the movie, although it's amusing only in small doses. Not a bad track, but a fairly chaotic one.

Self-Guided Campus Tour lets you wander through the half-pipe, the pool, the frat house, the common room, and the party hall, with each stop offering a brief dose of behind-the-scenes footage.

You'll also find 13 minutes of deleted scenes, two music videos, and an 8-minute gag reel.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The textbook definition of a 3-star movie, if you're rating on a 5-star scale -- which is how we do it on this website.
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