Right off the bat, without reading any other reviews, I'll tell you most people will immediately compare Accepted to classic comedies like Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds. In their following sentence, they will probably say Accepted wasn't as funny as Animal House or as clever as Revenge of the Nerds – summing things up by convincing you not to see this film because all it has are regurgitated jokes surrounded by an absurd plot.
Now, here's where I'll tell you to forget everything you've read, because a film is allowed to feature a college setting and include a fraternity, without automatically ripping off, well, Animal House or Revenge of the Nerds. Of course, folks do have a reason to dig up the past when speaking about Accepted – the film does have that wacky John Hughes-esque 80's feel to it. And, trust me, that's a good thing. However, if Accepted does run into trouble, it's in deciding what type of film it wants to be. Is it edgy, dirty and disgusting? Or is it cute, wholesome and meaningful? I'll tell you this much: Make me laugh my ass off and I can care less which film you remind me of or supposedly ripped off – heck, I'm leaving the theater in a good mood, with a smile on my face. And, from a late-summer comedy with a relatively unknown cast, who can ask for more than that?