Justin Long has been hovering on the edges of movies like The Break-Up
providing little comic bursts that are often funnier than the rest of the movie. In Accepted
, Long plays Bartleby Gaines, a fast-talking slacker who, when he gets rejected by every college he applied to, invents a phony college to get his parents off his back. Unfortunately, the website his best friend creates is too effective--hundreds of other rejects apply and are accepted. Instead of revealing the hoax, Gaines decides to forge ahead and let the students create their own curriculum, little suspecting that their school is obstructing the expansion plans of the nearby snobbish college. Accepted
is much better than you might expect, given the low bar set by most campus comedies; it aims for, and sometimes achieves, the blend of slapstick and social satire that Animal House
embodied. Long proves to be a charming leading man without losing his quirky comic sense and the supporting cast is consistently entertaining, particularly stand-up comedian Lewis Black, who delivers a variety of sardonic rants about society. Accepted's critique of conformism is glib--you wish they'd given it a little more bite--but it's still valid and a pleasant sliver of substance in an otherwise vapid genre. --Bret Fetzer
Teen comedy. When every college turns him down, Bartleby 'B' Gaines (Justin Long) decides to make one up. Welcome to South Harmon Institute of Technology, where the students teach the classes, the Dean lives in a trailer out the back, and Bartleby's on the way to scoring with the girl of his dreams.