August 16, 2006

The Trailer Park: Accepted

In between making Mac commercials, Justin Long still, somehow, finds the time to make movies. This time around he takes on the role of an outsider high school student looking to turn around his rejection streak and get into college.

The answer to his woes seems obvious to me, make your own school! I wish I had thought of that when I was going to college, it would have made those years so much more bearable. Surprisingly, I think this looks like it could be a fun, dumb late summer comedy. The timing couldn't be better as a new class of post high school kids are preparing for their entrance into the next phase of their education.

Watching the trailer I could't help but think that it looked familiar, and it still does, but I cannot place it. It looks funny, until the heavy kid screams, it was kind of funny the first time, but it is in every single commercial and now it is absolutely annoying. That scream makes me want to put a brick through the TV. Fortunately, I have more respect for my television than that, so I just change the channel.

Long's character and his buddies find a rundown building that they turn into a school, the South Harmon Institute of Technology (S.H.I.T., ha ha). One of them blunders and makes the fake website functional, this brings a whole gaggle of outsiders looking for acceptance. SO, they have to try and make it look legit. Hopefully it will be silly enough to entertain for 90 minutes.

It was directed by Steve Pink, making his directorial debut. Previously, he has written High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank. Both of those films were pretty good, so my hopes my be justified for some minor entertainment, besides, the cast does include Lewis Black.

A number of clips have made their way online, in addition to the trailer:
Trailer 1, Trailer 2, Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3, Clip 4, Clip 5, Clip 6

Images from the film, click for a larger version:


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