Accepted (USA, 2006)
Directed by Steve Pink
Starring Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively, Anthony Heald
National Lampoon's Animal House has a lot to answer for. Ever since John Landis' comedy became one of the biggest hits of the late-1970s, we have had to live with a steady trickle of second-rate comedies about high school or college students. While the level of edginess or rauchiness has greatly varied from film to film, the vast majority lack even the slightest degree of subtext, which is ultimately what made Landis' work distinctive and subversive.
Step Up. But equally it pays more than lip service to the notion, and that gives it some semblance of brains, if not heart.
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