These days when you see Justin Long’s name attached to something, you know it’s probably going to be good. Or at least his role will be. And then you realize that you mistook him for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Meanwhile, Long is an actor who I feel is underrated. My reasoning for this is seen simply when you count off the top five or ten actors that come to your mind right now. Off of the top of my head I’ve got: Bruce Willis, Robert Downey Jr., Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Ryan Reynolds, Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd, which nails the vast majority of actors going strong right now (and lest we forget the ever present Clooney, Pitt, and Cruise).
This is why I say Justin Long is underrated, because he just isn’t in that echelon of popular guys, nor is he among the highest paid, but all you have to do is go to his IMDB page and see that from day one with Galaxy Quest and Jeepers Creepers he has been doing not so bad movies (or when you get to The Sasquatch Gang, not so bad parts…) But enough about Justin Long’s career, I’m here to review Accepted.
Tobey and Jake may look enough like each other to star in a movie called “Brothers”, but these guys could be confused….after a couple drinks…maybe.
Justin Long stars as Bartleby Gaines, a recent high school graduate who is getting turned down by every college he applies to…until he creates one. Alongside Jonah Hill, Lewis Black, and Blake Lively this “college”, home of the “S.H.I.T. Heads” fights to become legitimate. Of course, it doesn’t help that the premises of the school’s campus is in the future entrance area of Harmon College (insert antagonist here).
I think there are a good number of underappreciated movies out there-now more than ever-that never got a sequel or remade. Mind you, they didn’t have the box office success some movies may have, but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable and just fun to watch. I mean A-Team and The Losers more than likely will not get sequels, but they were awesome (and better than Red if you ask me, which is getting a sequel). Accepted falls in that first category, being a simple and light comedy with decent actors. The film didn’t really launch any careers (except maybe subtly for Lively?) but it served as a good lead role for Justin Long to shine.
I’m not sure, but I think she might qualify as one of those girls who doesn’t need a movie to launch a career…
It seems that in order for a comedy to really succeed it seems like it needs to either be rated R or have big names in the cast. That is something that hurts Accepted; Justin Long is unfortunately not a big name and Jonah Hill was not nearly as big as he is now. After that it was just Lewis Black who your average viewer will not know unless they frequent Comedy Central/The Daily Show.
Think he’d make a good college dean?
In the toast I complimented the cast, and in Beer Three I say that it is a reason why this movie is lacking. It’s missing a name. Back in 2006 the Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler crews were ruling the comedy box office. While Accepted delivered a nice relief from everything else we were getting, I think the absence of a big name like theirs hurt the movie with the greater public as well.
For what it is, it’s a great movie. But its lack of star power hurts it. In the coming years as Jonah Hill gets even bigger along with Blake Lively and Justin Long continues to be confused with JLG, this movie will hopefully get seen more…and maybe possibly get Lewis Black a few more fans too.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a shot: for Jonah Hill becoming a fraternity pledge (and the subsequent activities he gets to participate in)
Take a drink: for The Ramones!
Take a shot: for jazz trombone!