Accepted 2006 ★★½

For a while, it looks like Accepted has a shot at being a really good “slobs vs. snobs” comedy. Justin Long stars as an underachieving high school senior who creates the fictional South Hampton Institute of Technology (note the acronym) to put off his parents after legit institutions all turn him down. The premise can only head in one thematic direction—the free-form college is educationally superior to the exclusive neighboring Ivory Tower—yet its cast delivers more big laughs than you might expect. But the film from rookie director Steve Pink suffers when it feels penned in by its PG-13 rating, afraid to go for the truly outrageous. It’s amusing enough in its lowbrow populism, until by the time the final “F-word” has been bleeped out you wonder what other stuff has been self-censored.

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