The college comedy has provided classics like 'Animal House' and 'Old School' over the years and even when the film isn't so stellar - 'Van Wilder', 'Revenge of the Nerds' - there's usually something or someone to laugh at. And so it is with 'Accepted', no dosser masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but a film with enough humour and charm to get by.
With the arrival of September, Bartleby Gaines (Long) faces a dilemma: the rest of his life. Having been turned down by every college he applied to, Bartleby is facing a stay-at-home, dead-end job future with the dire warnings of his over-stressed parents for company.
Desperate to fly the nest, he comes up with a plan: get brainy pal Sherman Schrader (Hill) to design a website for a fake college; forge an acceptance letter and then charge headfirst into adulthood with his first year tuition fees. It works, so well, in fact, that Bartleby's folks don't seem to bat an eyelid when handing over the cheque.
But a hustler like Bartleby should know by this stage the more audacious the scam, the more likely it is to go out of control.
The plot gets more ridiculous by the minute but it's amazing how far-fetched a storyline you'll tolerate once the cast are likeable. Long's past credits include supporting roles in the likes of 'Galaxy Quest', 'Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story' and ' Waiting' but 'Accepted' shows that he can front a comedy himself - and with a better script who knows?
Much of 'Accepted's appeal comes from the nostalgia trip it offers. It's the type of movie you watched when you were 14 and came away convinced that anything was possible, once you believed in it, and that college really could be one long series of parties with no mornings after. Now that you're older you'll realise that this film had the potential to be far funnier and should have, at the very least, had a better finale.
That said, you've undoubtedly sat through far worse.