May 13, 2012


I had no idea what this movie was about. I've never heard of it, had no idea there was such a film. But Justin Long and Jonah Hill were in it and that's enough reason to sit through it and watch the whole movie. It might have been a good move.  I just saw it on TV and was entertained by it.

The main plot of the movie revolves around a high school graduate who didn't get accepted to any colleges, much to the disappointment of his parents. In his attempt to win over his parents' approval, he, with the help of his friends, created a fake school, with a fake website, a fake dean, and a fake acceptance letter. Of course, this will also serve as the main problem as people start finding out the real deal behind South Harmond Institute of Technology.

I did enjoy the movie and it was pretty funny. It had the right number of rejected college applicants, with just the right mixture of different personalities to add humor to the film. (I can't say it was an extraordinary film.) It was OK, and it was decent. I will say, however, that it was entertaining and it had some hilarious scenes, much thanks to Jonah Hill. It had a firm message as well. The main struggle of the movie was to stand up against the status quo of the educational system. Standards had been set, and we all follow it because the promise of doing so is enormous. However, this film pursued the idea of chasing your passions, learning what you actually want to learn and not be mere pawns to society's standards.

It also featured issues within the family. There are always expectations from parents, and sometimes these expectations don't necessarily reflect what we want, what we're passionate about. Although, building a fake school was a little extreme. But hey, (Spoiler!) he managed to build a learning institution, and managed to convince the higher-ups to put the school on probation, a step towards accreditation. That doesn't sound like a bad deal at all. I guess it's a way of portraying how something so wrong can just turn into something right and incredible.

As a whole, I can say that it was a nice feel-good comedy movie. Jonah Hill was definitely a stand out in this movie, and Justin Long did great as well. It's one of those relaxing movies you can watch at the end of a long day. A little humor will never hurt after an exhausting day.

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