Accepted: Just Like Superbad, but Not Rewarding

Accepted: Just Like Superbad, but Not Rewarding

Man, Jonah Hill used to be fat. I mean, he still is, but during Accepted, it was just out of hand (Sorry, Jonah Hill. You’re still really funny…Like he’s reading this).

Anyway, earning a pretty hefty role in a move Steve Pink directed was a decent shot in the arm for Hill’s still young career. He’d already appeared in both I Heart Huckabees and Judd Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin during 2004 and 5. Landing this gig, though, easily set him up for Knocked Up and subsequently Superbad. And in reality, Accepted isn’t really too distant from that last mentioned Apatow film, Superbad.

Both Accepted and Superbad focus on the transition from high school to college, though the earlier feature finds kids attending class as opposed to just waiting through the summer. Either way, Hill is the fat accomplice for some skinnier, nerdy, do-gooder who chases a girl throughout the film. The only real distinction between the two efforts would be Superbad is consistently funny, which explains why it made some money and you’ve probably never heard of Accepted.

Granted, everything about Accepted is beyond the realm of possibility. No one would be able to fool their parents about getting into college by showing them a website – regardless of what that website might state. Of course, that being the smallest leap of faith required here might not bode well.

Hill – who plays a character named Sherman – and his buddy Bartleby, played by Justin Long, seek to bring S.H.I.T. (South Harmon Institute of Technology) into the real world after the website just wasn’t enough. So, these guys along with a few other folks, lease an empty mental hospital, clean it up enough to fool some parents and prepare to relax. Unfortunately, the aforementioned website sported some online application software, replete with an instant acceptance or denial function built in. No, there was no reason for that to be coded in the HTML, but if it wasn’t, there’d be no movie since a few hundred kids show up with acceptance letters.

Bummer…or is it (bumbumbum).

Fake classes and parties all go well for a while before Bartleby’s nemesis notifies the state board of education that S.H.I.T. is operating without accreditation.  Of course, this leads to a final showdown during which Bartleby proves his mettle and all is well. That should have been expected. Accepted’s Hollywood ending, though, might be part of why no one saw it in the first place. Cheese. Pure, unadulterated cheese.