This movie said so many things I've been rambling about for over a decade. The American education system is absolutely .....not that great. College is a joke and the make believe college that Gaines creates appropriately abbreviated is really a decent movie. It does make you want to go out and do something you've been wanting to do for a while.
Enter "Accepted," directed by John Cusack pal Steve Pink and led by the likable Justin Long (the smart nerdy kid in "Galaxy Quest" and more recently featured in Apple computer ads), about a bunch of kids who don't get accepted to college and decide, as disclosed in the trailer, to fake a bogus one to get their parents off their backs. When they go a little too far with the website and other kids end up enrolling, the kids have a few problems to solve.
Yes, the film does feel familiar in some spots; there's a debt here owed, of all places, to "Revenge of the Nerds." Those who are rejected by everyone else find a home with Bartleby and his cohorts, and of course the villains are steroid-enhanced conformist Master Race types who run a fraternity and seek to humiliate and bury the oddity for the - gasp - crime of being different.
But that aside, "Accepted" has fun with the material, and even asks a few decent questions about the expectations on college kids and the course of higher education. Not that it's a brain teaser by any means, but Accepted isn't just another mindless teen comedy (or Owen Wilson vehicle). While not a great departure from its genre, it's intelligent enough to be an enjoyable movie.