Steve Pink the director of Accepted also wrote High School tribute movie Grosse Point Blank, adapted Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity so there was much hope that this film would herald a second coming. Alas, Pink’s movie lacks two vital ingredients essential to any high school teen flick worth its salt: heart and angst.
When Bartleby (Justin Long) is refused entry into every college, he opens a school that has a policy of accepting life’s losers. After a long introduction that covers every High School cliché imaginable, the comedy does click into gear once the university with its alternative curriculum opens. Yet, despite several hilarious moments involving oddball classes and crude attempts to deceive parents, it’s a teen movie by numbers and ultimately the maths don’t add up.
General release from Fri 6 Oct.