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Actors: Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively, Adam Herschman, Columbus Short
Director: Steve Pink
From the producer of Bruce Almighty and Liar Liar comes a whole new school of thought: Accepted. When every college turns him down, Bartleby "B" Gaines decides to make one up. Welcome to the South Harmon Institute of Techn... more »
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Melissa W. from MERRITT IS, FL
Reviewed on 8/5/2010...
This such a great movie!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Diana L. (ptomom) from SULTAN, WA
Reviewed on 1/30/2010...
Okay campus comedy with adequate, yet uninspired, performances by most of the cast. The so-so plot requires a huge suspension of disbelief and logic. A few funny scenes.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Silliness Highlights Important Theme (get it?)
Melanie N. Lee | Corona, New York United States | 09/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My friend Suzanne took me to see Accepted three weeks ago, probably to celebrate my new hire as an adjunct lecturer in the English Department of Queensborough Community College. In the movie, high school graduate Bartelby Gaines--a name with literary overtones, at least the first name--can't get accepted to the staid Harmon College in his hometown in Ohio, or to any other school. To get his parents off his back, the inventive Bartelby (Justin Long), using his computer, invents an acceptance letter from the South Harmon Institute of Technology (get it?). Bartelby, to complete the ruse, gets his computer-savvy friend, Harmon freshman Sherman Schrader (Jonah Hill) to create a website for the bogus school. But the website works too well, and Bartelby is faced with hundreds of college rejects looking for acceptance. So in the confines of an abandoned mental hospital, Bartelby and friends create a college--really an adult education center or community center--where students design their own courses, design clothes in the school colors brown and blue (get it?), create the school newspaper the SH**rag, build a state-of-the-art skateboarding rink, and listen to radical lectures from a washed-up ex-professor (Lewis Black). However, Harmon College's traditionalist Dean Van Horne (Boston Public's Anthony Heald) and the fraternity brothers have reasons to close the new school down.
Sure, the plot is improbable--as one TV reviewer said, "Haven't they ever heard of community college?" But if you look past the silly plot and over-the-top episodes, there's a real message hear about academic freedom, creativity, and appeal to students. In my years at CUNY and even at Pace University, I was never subject to the extreme whitebread culture of Harmon College, and I'm not sure I want to be. Even beyond the college trappings of Accepted, one can see the battle between the desire to mold oneself into acceptability by upper-middle class, status-driven White America, and the desire to be oneself and build toward a true calling by following one's heart and interests. Perhaps we teachers can cull some real lessons from the looney bin of Accepted.
BTW, Accepted fully exploits one or two curse words--and excises the rest.
Enjoyable, fun comedy in the school genre. Expect familiar s
A. G. Corwin | 08/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
Ok, I know what you are thinking. Haven't we seen this movie before? There is Back to School, Old School, Van Wilder, Animal House, just to mention a brief few. Along that vein, the new release Accepted starring Justin Long (Ed, The Mac Guy, and Dodgeball) the lovely Blake Lively(Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), and Jonah Hill (the crazy fishdisco shoes customer from 40-year old virgin), offers a story of misfits who rebel against convention and eventually succeed over the tweedy, repressed school administraters, but this time there's just a bit more heart and less vulgarity.
Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long) is not a dumb kid or a real screw-up. He enjoys life and school, and has good friends like Shrader, football star "Hands," and smoking hot Yale obsessed geek Rory. The only thing he hasnt accomplished besides wooing the beautiful Monica is getting into a college, and his dad is obsessed with the idea. To get him off his back, Bartleby uses photoshop to make a fictional college, Schrader builds a website, and next thing you know Dad is happy, so happy that he wants to drop Bartleby off at school. So finding a decrepit lunatic asylum, Bartleby and friends spruce the place up, hire some foreign language kids to act like students and Schrader's lush, cranky uncle to act as dean, and try to pass the test. His parents are convinced. And life is good until he opens the door and 400 kids who couldnt get in anywhere else arrive for the start of orientation. 400 kids with 10,000 checks, which apparently buys a lot of kegs and dorm room supplies. Apparently Schrader made too good of a fake website. Facing a moral dilemma, Bartleby decides after some agonizing, that they must continue.
Since this is a movie of course they decide to keep the fraud going. Joined by Rory, who didnt get Yale and wants to just meditate, "Hands" who blew out his knee and wants to do art, and the bizarre foodie Glen, who discovers a gift for cooking, Bartleby creates a fun environment where people enjoy life, learn about oddly mundane things, but gain self-worth at the same time. Classes include meditation, tanning, bikini watching, and Rock Your Face off 202, where budding Mick Jaggers strut their stuff. Most of all though, the misfits and outcasts who came to the school find a place where they arent losers. They fit right in. As in the other films, the bad guys, played by Boston Legal vet Anthony Heald, and some Aryan frat boy, expose Bartleby and crew, and they have to go in front of a board to keep their school. With impassioned reasoning, Bartleby and crew win a year to prove their school is a valid institution. The misfits win again.
This is a clever movie. Justin Long brings the right amount of confidence, cockiness, and charm to the role of Bartleby, and Jonah Hill has multiple good scenes as Shrader(ask me about my wiener!), who faces the dilemma of joining the evil frat or staying with his true friends. Cinematography is decent, the soundtrack fits, and there are some winning and some familar moments. A lot you have seen before, but enough of it is fresh, and the actors are charming enough to pull off their own film, which makes for a nice, laugh-filled Saturday at the theater.
Reminiscent of Old School and PCU
K. Hinton | Atlanta, GA | 11/25/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Reminiscent of PCU and Old School, Accepted is part of the new generation of college movies. When he isn't accepted to any of the eight schools to which he's applied, Bartleby Gaines decides to create his own school--the South Harmon Institute of Technology (S.H.I.T.) In order to make it look legit, he has a friend create a website that details the school's mission statement, etc. What he doesn't expect is that other students will see the website and wind up applying. Before he knows what's up, his school has more than three hundred students with paid tuition and he has to design a curriculum.
This movie is funny and full of entertaining moments. As Bartleby is quick to point out, plenty of well-known people didn't go to college (Pocahontas, Corey Feldman, and Corey Haim to name a few). It's nice to see a movie that doesn't glorify the fun you'll have in those years and instead shows an honest depiction of the stress, lack of sleep, and workaholism that come with your first year of college. If you like movies like Old School and PCU, then you'll surely like this one."