The Aca-bad: Hailee Steinfeld, who’s been MIA ever since True Grit  takes front and center here. And it her only goal is to plug the song “Flashlight”, which the movie is trying to push as the new “Cups”. It doesn’t work, and the more they do it, the worse it gets. It also doesn’t help that her performance is bland and irritating. All the other characters here are one-note, one-joke, and with very little development. Instead of pushing them forward, they hold them back.
The Aca-ugly. What really makes this disappointing is how formulaic and unoriginal it is. It copies the same film beat-for-beat, which would be fine if there were any surprises along the way. There aren’t and the movie suffers for it. It’s just boring and that’s the cardinal sin this movie commits.