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Acceptance (2009/Vivendi Telefilm DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Telefilm: D



Music Video director Sanaa Hamri tries to tell a narrative story in the comedy Acceptance (2009), but the TV movie that results is lame, never believable for a minute and manages to waste the superior comic talents of Joan Cusack.  May Whitman is a high school grad to be with anti-social issues and is a wreck trying to get into an Ivy League school.  If she can only shed her issues, everything will be just fine.  Really?


Unfortunately, the teleplay oversimplifies everything, nothing is funny here, Daria and Ghost World have nothing to worry about and the cast of mostly unknowns have zero chemistry.  Any comic moments seem strained and the whole thing feels very condescending and even smug.  Skip this one.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is shot in High Definition and has plenty of motion blur, poor color and other flaws to show for it.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix simply spreads around a soundtrack that was never meant to be more than simple stereo.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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