Monday, July 24, 2006

Is "Accepted" acceptable?

I don’t know how many of you are aware of this upcoming teen-targeting flick “Accepted,” starring Justin Long and Lewis Black (and opening August 11th). It’s about a fake university (with the cleverly-acronymmed name ‘S.H.I.T.’) that Long and his buddies create to fool their parents into thinking they’re really at school—sort of exactly the same premise as the oft-forgotten “Camp Nowhere.” Long is hysterical in the upcoming “Sasquatch Dumpling Gang,” but here, he looks like he’s doing his typical boring “I’m a cool nerd/slacker/whatever” routine.

Anyway, for those of you who have seen the trailer, you probably know that the movie looks bad. Really bad. However, some things have the skill tipping on the positive side of my radar. I had the opportunity to see “Accepted” back in early-March but opted out of it for another screening (if I recall, I think it was “American Dreamz”). But this in conjunction with my recently received screening invites for the flick have me wondering—for a movie that looks bad, Universal sure isn’t hiding the movie. They’re screening it like crazy and trying to get people to see it.

Granted, this doesn’t always mean much—“Failure to Launch” had screenings up the wazoo—but the more and more TV spots I see for this thing, the more I think it could be a pleasant surprise. The plethora of screenings paired with the involvement of Lewis Black and the hilarious Jonah Hill (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Grandma’s Boy”) have me wondering.

Then again, the screenwriters’ only other credits are “Herbie Fully Loaded,” “The Country Bears,” “New York Minute” and the upcoming “Untitled Brett Ratner Project.” Hm.


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